The ruling National Resistance Movement has opposed the proposal by the electoral commission to ban cameras and other recording devices from polling stations.
The NRM team led by the Party’s Secretary-General, Kasule Lumumba voiced their rejection while appearing before the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to submit their views on the electoral reforms tabled by Attorney General, William Byaruhanga in July 2019.
The electoral commission chairperson Simon Byabakama last week implored the committee to make it illegal for cameras and recording devices at a polling station. If adopted, this will make it difficult for journalists to independently report about elections with evidence.
However, Lumumba said the provision is rogue. She said that such a move would make it easy for vote-rigging to take place and also for wrong elements to engage in electoral malpractices.
The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is currently receiving proposals and views regarding the electoral reforms tabled by the Attorney General.