Electoral Commission Seeks Law Distinguishing roles of Party Chairman and Presidential Candidate
The electoral commission has advised parliament to come up with a law that will distinguish between the roles of the president and party chairman during electoral period.
This after mps on the legal and parliamentary affairs committee tasked Byabakama and his team to clarify on whether the action by the president in Rukingiri doesn’t translate into bribery as the district is expected next month to hold a by election for a woman member of parliament for the district.
Yesterday , President Yoweri Museveni donated money, trucks, mini buses , motor cycles, sewing machines and and an assortment of machinery worth over Shs5 billion to 110 groups of people in Rukungiri District to help them fight poverty.
The electoral commission gazetted 31st May as the day to hold the Rukungiri woman mp by election with the nomination of candidates expected to take place between the 2nd may and 3rd May of next month which made some of the mps suspicious of the acts of the president to make a donation at such a time.
Simon Byabakama the commission chairperson says that there is no law that can stop the president from performing his duties even in areas where an election is expected to take place and hence if parliament have a problem with this they need to enact a law.
Byabakama adds that they do not find anything wrong with the gesture of the president as they are yet to hold nominations and campaigns in the area.