Electoral Reforms: Opposition For Joint Proposal

Opposition parties have resolved to present joint proposals to the Constitutional Amendment bill 2015.

Leader of Opposition in parliament Wafula Oguttu.
Leader of Opposition in parliament Wafula Oguttu.

This  comes two days after the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah directed all people with alternative proposals on the bill to submit them directly to the Legal and Parliamentary Committee that was mandated to scrutinize the bill and report back to parliament.

On Tuesday last week, opposition party leaders and legislators convened in a retreat at Rivonia Suites in Mbuya, a city suburb to chat a way forward  following the failure by government to include their proposed reforms in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

During the meeting, some of the opposition leaders led by Kiiza Besigye, the former President of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party called for a boycott of the 2016 polls, a proposal that was flatly rejected by legislators.

On Thursday last week, it emerged that the Legal and Parliamentary Committee had invited each of the parties thrice to submit its proposals in vain.

Legal committee boss, Steven Tashobya explained that his committee had written to the opposition parties on three occasions to present their proposals in vain yet there is limited time for parliament to consider and approval the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2015.

Wafulu Oguttu, the Leader of Opposition  said  that they had resolved to present joint proposals to the committee.

He told our reporter on phone that they were already harmonizing their position on some of the crucial proposed constitutional amendment ready for tabling before the committee this week.

Some of the crucial electoral reforms being fronted by the opposition including removing the powers of the President to appoint Electoral Commissioners, restoring of presidential term limits in the constitution and creation of an independent Electoral Commission among others.