Parliament has broken off for recess to provide time for Members of Parliament to participate in their political party primaries ahead of next year’s general elections.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, said he was adjourning the House sine die (for an indefinite period).
During recess, the plenary and committees of Parliament will not be meeting.
Before the adjournment, Parliament passed four amendment bills paving the way for lining up behind candidates for lower level elections for youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and women.
All the Bills – the National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the National Council For Disability (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the National Council for Older Persons (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and the National Women’s Council (Amendment) Bill, 2015 were presented to Parliament and approved without being forwarded to committees for consideration.
Following the amendments, elections for the village, parish or ward, sub-county, division or town council or committee for youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and women shall be by lining up behind the candidates nominated for the office, their representatives, portraits or symbols.
Elections for the national council and the district of city council shall be by secret ballot.
Speaking at Parliament yesterday, EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon. Daniel Kidega, said he hoped that elections, which cause excitement, do not to stir up emotions that may lead to disruptions and threaten investors.
“I appeal that this electoral processes build more integration and prosperity to the people,” he said.
The East African Legislative Assembly has been meeting in the Parliament of Uganda Chambers since Tuesday, August 18, 2015.