A section of legislators has asked their colleagues on the Legal and Parliamentary affairs committee to hurriedly process the long awaited electoral reforms within 45 days, in addition to carrying out comprehensive consultations on the four bills.
The legislators say handling of the bill in time will enable the Electoral Commission meet its time line also in preparing a free and fair general elections of 2021.
According to inside sources at Parliament, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Maj. General Kahinda Otafiire, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga plus his deputy, Mwesigwa Rukutana, will be the first witnesses before the committee to justify the four electoral bills.
Some MPs asked for a comprehensive consultation process from all stakeholders if the bills are to meet no resistance from the electorate.
Yet some legislators said they do not trust the committee that it will produce a report that will lead the country to a free and fair elections in 2021.
According to its chairperson Jacob Oboth Oboth, after the parliamentary interactions, there will be regional consultations on all the four bills.
The four bills before the committee are: the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2019, the Parliamentary Elections Amendment bill 2019, the Local Government Elections Amendment Bill 2019 and the Electoral Commissions Amendment Bill 2019.