Govt tables electoral amendments

Parliament yesterday, Tuesday 22nd September 2015, held a special sitting in which the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015 were tabled.

PARLIAMENTThe Bills were tabled by the Attorney General, Hon. Fred Ruhindi and received by Parliament at the first reading.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga assigned the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to consider the Bills.
The Speaker said that House will convene on Friday 25th September 2015 in which the Committee will be expected to deliver a report on the three Bills.

The Bills seek to revise the nomination fees payable; to revise the facilitation provided for a presidential candidate; to remove the requirement for a candidate to campaign in every district; to provide for polling to close at 4:00pm on polling day and to require the Electoral Commission to provide for persons engaged in electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas to vote.