Members of Parliament from both the ruling and the Opposition have rejected some amendments proposed by the government to the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2019.

Part of the proposal in Clause 3 of the Presidential elections amendment bill 2019 included stopping members who contested in party primaries from running as independents in the general election.

According to the Minister of Constitutional affairs Professor Ephraim Kamuntu and the deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuzi, allowing independents to contest undermines the multi-party political system of the country adding that they should not be allowed to participate in the general elections as candidates.

The clause generated serious debate in which the legislators led by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the controversial clause infringes on the constitutional rights of the people hence maintaining the status quo.

While Clause 3 of the bill was rejected, Parliament passed clause 2 of the bill which stipulates the qualifications of any person intending to contest for the office of Presidency saying must of sound mind, have A-level academic qualification or it’s equivalent and must not be a traditional leader among others.

The Long-awaited electoral reforms were tabled before Parliament, some of them were passed and others were dropped.

 

 

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