Ugandan Gov’t To Seek Constitutional Change That Will Allow Only Parliament To Vote For President

The government wants to amend the constitution where only Members of Parliament will vote for the Head of State.

Local radio CBS FM reports that the government is examining several possible changes to the constitution and among them is allowing parliament to vote for the President.

According to the local radio, Jackson Karugaba Kafuuzi, the Deputy Attorney General revealed that the Constitution Review Commission is set to start countrywide consultation in an attempt to gather public opinions about the matter.

In Uganda, the President is elected by citizens who are above 18 years of age and are registered by the Electoral Commission (EC).

EC is a constitutionally established organ of the Government of Uganda, whose mandate is to “organize and conduct regular, free and fair elections” in the country, in an efficient, professional, and impartial manner.

Over the years, Parliament has been amending the Presidential Election Act. Uganda previously had a constitutional limit in place, allowing a maximum term of office of ten years (two five-year terms), until 2005, when the limit was eliminated by a constitutional amendment.

On December 20, 2017, Parliament passed an amendment to the Constitution that eliminate the requirement that candidates vying for the presidency be under 75 years of age.


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