Rukutana moves motion for electoral reforms



Parliament is scheduled to commence consideration of a series of amendments to the Constitution ahead of next year’s general elections.

The Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana, moved the motion for the Second Reading of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was first presented to Parliament on April 30, 2015.

The objective of the Bill is to amend the Constitution to change the name of the Electoral Commission to the Independent Electoral Commission; prescribe the procedure for the removal of its members; and increase the retirement age for Justices and Judges.

It also provides for the creation of a Salaries and Remuneration Board and related matters.

While scrutinising the Bill, the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs received memoranda from a total of 46 individuals and groups; held public hearings in 46 districts and also visited neighbouring countries to benchmark best practices.

Members of the Opposition in the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs who have dissenting views have written a Minority Report on the Bill for the House to consider.


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