Museveni rejects A-Stage qualification for mayors

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By MISAIRI THEMBO KAHUNGU

President Museveni has returned to Parliament the Native Governments Modification Invoice,2019, rejecting the clauses that present for A-Stage {qualifications} for some leaders that wish to contest for native governments positions.
The {qualifications} focused metropolis mayors, municipal mayors, metropolis division mayors, municipal division chairpersons and city council chairpersons.

Members of Parliament argued that these leaders head self-accounting administrative models, and want to grasp the paperwork ready by the technical employees.

Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, advised the Home yesterday that the President had assented to the opposite legislations, together with the Electoral Fee Modification Invoice, 2019,
“What has not been assented to is the Native Governments Modification Invoice, which shall be returned to Parliament for reconsideration,” Prof Kamuntu mentioned.

He didn’t give particulars of the clauses which were rejected.
Nonetheless, sources advised Day by day Monitor that Mr Museveni opposed the difficulty of {qualifications} as a result of it blocks potential leaders from vying for workplace.

“Many of the present leaders who’ve served effectively have been going to be neglected as a result of they don’t have these excessive {qualifications}. How can these leaders in native governments have the identical {qualifications} with MPs whose function is making the legislation?” the supply requested.

In March, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, the Authorities Chief Whip, mentioned she could be joyful if the President doesn’t assent to the Invoice, which carried “restrictions” on good management.

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“Even in 1997 once we enacted the Native Governments Act, I used to be against these restrictions. However corruption in public service is completed by educated folks. I hope the President doesn’t assent to that and it comes again for us to proceed discussing it,” she mentioned then.

In the meantime, with the President assenting to the opposite Payments such because the Presidential Elections Act, it signifies that all presidential candidates will declare to the EC their supply of funding inside 14 days after nomination.

Below the Act, polling time stays between 7am and 4pm, marketing campaign rally time shall be between 7am and 6pm, the distribution of election supplies shall be inside 48 hours earlier than polling time, using cameras and telephones at a polling station shall be allowed, and no gazetted polling stations contained in the restricted areas equivalent to military barracks.

The transmission of outcomes from the districts to the nationwide tally centre shall embody the district returning officer copying within the presidential candidates, the taking part political events and official brokers of candidates.

New administration models
The assent to the Parliamentary Elections Modification Invoice signifies that solely Gulu, Mbarara, Jinja, Masaka, Fort Portal, Arua and Mbale cities, which turned operational on July 1, may have MPs elected in February subsequent yr.

The identical legislation signifies that cities, districts and municipalities that change into operational after the Common Election will wait to vote for MPs in 2026. Such administrative models will take impact in July 2025.

State Media
It’s now unlawful for a supervisor of a State owned media to unequally allocate time to all presidential candidates and such an individual upon being discovered responsible could be imprisoned or fined.

Signing the Electoral Commissions Modification Invoice,2019, signifies that a district returning officer shall be faraway from workplace if the courtroom finds that she or he was discovered accountable for cancellation of outcomes attributable to electoral malpractices.

mkthembo@ug.nationmedia.com

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