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Rwenzori regional consultation on electoral reforms bill flops

Some of the people who had turned up for the consultative meeting

Kabarole, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The regional consultative meeting on the electoral reforms bill 2019 for the Rwenzori region has flopped. 

The meeting which was supposed to be held on Tuesday at Kabarole District Headquarters in Kitumba, Fort Portal Municipality was only attended by only three district councillors, few district technical staff, Fort Portal Municipality MP Alex Ruhunda, the Resident District Commissioner Kabarole Stephen Asiimwe and Kabarole LCV Chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga. 

Aston Kajara, the Member of Parliament Mwenge South who was the leader of the delegation and other members of the team waited arrived at the headquarters at 9:00a.m and waited for three hours in vain. 

Kajara tasked Rwabuhinga to explain why members of the public and other officials from the neighboring districts did not turn up for the consultations.  

Rwabuhinga attributed the low turn up to miscommunication between Parliament and the District.

Jorum Bintamanya the District councillor representing South Division accused the MPs for failing to organize the consultations despite budgeting for the meeting. 

Kajara says that he will report back to Parliament and if possible they will return to the region next week.

The Bills seeks to among other things reform electoral laws relating to the qualification of candidate’s campaign, financing and the procedure in which presidential, parliamentary, local governments elections will be held and the role of political parties and the Electoral Commission.

The bill also seeks to incorporate the ten recommendations made by the Supreme Court in the 2016 presidential election petition and the Constitutional Amendment Act which scrapped the age limit for presidential and local government leaders.

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