Parliament vets newly appointed EC commissioners

Parliament vets newly appointed EC commissioners
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The presidential nominees for the Electoral Commission have successfully undergone vetting by the Parliament Appointments Committee, chaired by Speaker Anita Among.

The committee reviewed the nominations of the Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, Vice-Chair Aisha Lubega, and all five commissioners.

As per Rule 171 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure, the Speaker will communicate the Appointments Committee's decision to the President.

Aisha Kabanda, the Member of Parliament for Butambala District, stated that their committee had engaged with the seven nominees from the President and carried out the vetting process.

However, she clarified that it was not within her mandate as the speaker to inform the appointing authority about the outcome.

Kabanda expressed her regret about working within systems that she and others oppose. She emphasized the need for significant changes in these appointments, including not only the Electoral Commission but also other appointments. She noted the lack of willingness from the current leadership to address these concerns.

Recently, President Museveni appointed three new officials to the Electoral Commission, who will oversee the 2026 general elections.

Alongside the new appointees, key members from the previous commission, such as Justice Byabakama, Hajjat Aisha Lubega, and Stephen Tashobya, were retained.

The newly appointed individuals include James Peter Emorut, Dr. Simba Ssali Kayunga, a lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University, Anthony Okello, a former Member of Parliament for Kyoga County, and Caroline Bainamaryo.

These appointments were made after the previous Commission's seven-year term expired

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