Parliament legal committee grills entities concerned with upcoming general elections

The Parliamentary Legal Committee is interfacing with minister of constitution affairs, attorney general and electoral commission.

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, in his update to Parliament on the new guidelines said government is likely not to amend the guidelines unless the situation warrants.

Their summoning follows the speaker’s directive to the committee to further interface with all entities concerned with the coming general election on the matter of revised road map.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who chaired the Tuesday, 23 June 2020 sitting, directed the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to study the guidelines in consultation with Electoral Commission and report back to Parliament for wider debate.

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, in his update to Parliament on the new guidelines said government is likely not to amend the guidelines unless the situation warrants.

In the new road map, public and politicians are contesting the proposal of conducting campaigns on social media. Earlier Legislators had expressed fear that roadmap leaves gaps that people in authority are likely to utilise to frustrate the desired fairness of an election.

The committee on Legal Affairs chaired by Hon. Jacob Oboth Oboth is interacting with the above entities to find out the viability and effectiveness of digital campaigns.

The minister of Justice Professor Ephraim Kamuntu was summoned by Parliament to explain the legalities in the revised election road map released by the Electoral Commission.

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