Opposition MPs Snub the Vetting Process of New EC Bosses
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Opposition political parties have refused to take part in the vetting process of the new Electoral Commission bosses.
The leader of opposition in parliamentary, Hon. Winnie Kiiza who sits on the Parliamentary Appointments Committee has snubbed today’s vetting session arguing that the new team was nominated before any Electoral Reforms were put in place.
On November 18, the president nominated six people headed by Justice Simon Byabakama to replace Eng. Badru Kiggundu’s team pending the vetting process which started last week.
It should be remembered that, as the term of the Kiggundu team was coming to the end just before the February elections, the opposition and civil society activists went around the country meeting people and calling for Electoral Reforms.
They came up with a document dubbed Citizens’ Compact with proposals on the appointment of an Independent Electoral Commission.
However, in replacing Kiggundu’s team, the president followed the current law that allows him to nominate members of the commission with the approval of Parliament.