In Uganda, pro-ruling party group proposes changing presidential system of government

By Dedan Kimathi, 21 January
Flag of Uganda (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Uganda (photo credit: pixabay)
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has opened up for the first time on the proposal to alter the criteria of electing the President. The proposal was first floated early this month by a group known as “The Transformer’s Cadres Association of Uganda” which includes over 300 NRM members that lost in the party primaries. These called for amendment of the electoral laws and other legislation to pave way for a hybrid parliamentary system where the Head of State is elected by Parliament and Local Government Councils. However, while speaking on the matter at parliament yesterday, Byabakama said his office was yet to receive any official communication and that besides, it was too early to start speculating about it. [...] However, in the event this proposition sees the light of the day, Byabakama assured lawmakers that they are prepared. “We are always prepared at any material time, provided we have the requisite funds to put in process the mechanisms and modalities to implement what the people of Uganda want us to do by changing either a certain system or a certain way of doing things in their democratic processes.”
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