Parliament sits to allow EC staff to vote


A polling officer sealing ballot box

Government is set to table election amendment bills that will see changes in nomination fees, polling times and permit polling officers to vote.

Presiding officers and polling agents are selected by the Electoral Commission from the common people which make them in a sense EC staff as well.

This information is contained in a communication to Members of Parliament from the Office of the Clerk to Parliament notifying them about the recall of Parliament from recess.

The Clerk, Mrs Jane Kibirige, said the House will on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 consider the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

“This is to notify you that Parliament has been recalled and is scheduled to sit on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at 10.00a.m. to consider the bills”, the Clerk said in the communication.

The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to revise the nomination fees payable; to revise the facilitation provided for a presidential candidate; to remove the requirement for a candidate to campaign in every district; to provide for polling to close at 4.00p.m. on polling day and to require the Electoral Commission to provide for persons engaged in electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas to vote.

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