The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and his Deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana yesterday rushed to Uganda Media Centre to clarify the alleged clauses in the electoral reforms tabled recently that shocked the nation.
Attorney General, William Byaruhanga was forced to address the media for the first time since he was appointed three years ago to make the contents of the bills clear to the public because it has since called for resistance among different critics.
“There has been a numbery of misrepresentation, I want to repeat there has been a numbery of misrepresentation on the contents of the bill, arising from the failure to read or to access the bill and to comprehend the provisions of the bill. Either that or intentionally meant to misinform the public by way of politicking and concocting provisions which do not form part of the bill, concocting provisions which do not form part of the bill,” Byaruhanga said.
“No single provision in the Bills that has a direct or indirect expression as to early voting by soldiers and other security personnel’s,” Byaruhanga explained further.
His communication cleared the airwaves and silenced critics who were circulating false statements about the tabled bills.
“There’s no single provision saying that you cannot have cell phones or cameras, the prohibition of independent members from allying with the registered political parties or organisations. The ones I heard my son told me, that dad they have told me that you are targeting Bobi Wine, that’s what you people have been saying,” he said.
Byaruhanga further said that;
“the provision is not there! On the provisions that are there, I am going to read them to you and I want you to interpret it for us or the public. It’s not fair, it’s not fair! If there are there you are well within your rights to criticise them, if it’s false it’s not fair, it’s malicious,” Byaruhanga said.
Byaruhanga also said that there’s nothing like restricting declaration of elections results to only five members, he says the provisions states that before voting commences there must be at least five registered voters at that polling station to witness that the ballot box contains no contents.
“Very interesting was the one of restricting declaration of elections results to the presence of five voters only, I am sure you all remember this. That the government proposal was that elections result were only for five members, what’s provided for in the bills which have some reference to five voters appears in clause 4(c) of the parliamentary elections Amendment Bill 2019 which we have here. Amending section 38 on the polling and polling procedure,” Byaruhanga explained further.
He adds that
“the proposal is only meant to clarify that verification, that a ballot box is void of any contents before the commencement of the polling should be witnessed by at least a minimum of five voters registered to vote at that polling station.”
After Byaruhanga’s statement as far as electoral reforms are concerned, the question remains that who started the fire and what were the reasons behind circulating false statements about the tabled Bills.