The National Resistance Movement, wants electoral laws amended to specifically permit the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to support the Uganda Police Force in providing security during elections.
This proposal was tabled among many other proposals on various electoral laws by the NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, to the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The Committee is currently carrying out consultations on the Presidential Elections Amendment bill 2019, Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019; Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2019; Political Parties and Organisations (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Local Governments (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Lumumba claims that the validation for the UPDF providing security during elections is to cater for circumstances where Police may require back up from sister security agencies adding that unless the law prescribes for situations where back up may be required; there is a danger that such interventions may be declared illegal.
Legislators, however, stood their ground saying that the Uganda Police can provide security during elections come 2021 and among the Members of Parliament included Hon. Ssemujju Nganda who said that he is very uncomfortable with involving the army in election issues because Police Officers are trained enough to deal with all civil issues.
The NRM further proposed that a Person should only be eligible to stand for election as an Independent if that person has ceased being a member of a political party or organization 12 months before nomination day, or having never been registered as a member of a political party or organization.
Lumumba asserted that the current law gives a lot of freedom to People citing that they are free to walk in and out of a political party, which compromises political parties’ operations during and after elections.