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AGE LIMIT: MPs to Finally Vote Today

Members of Parliament are expected to vote on the controversial presidential age limit amendment Bill on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the presiding chair, on Tuesday evening while adjourning the house that sat up to 9:03pm debating the Bill, pronounced that voting is going to take place today after the submission from all MPs.

More than half of the members are yet to give their views on the matter.

Debate failed to kick off on Tuesday morning when chaos engulfed in the chambers over the allegations of soldiers invading the chapels of Anglican and Catholic worshipers at Parliament.

Kadaga was forced to suspend the house until 2:00pm to allow the Seargent at Arms to ascertain the allegations and take necessary actions.

When the house resumed at 2:20pm the first one hour was spent discussing the mess found at the chapel.

Debate started at about 3pm and lasted for 6 hours though more than half of the members are yet to give their views.

The supporters of the Bill need two thirds of the members (288) to pass the second stage and the opposers need 105 members to block it.

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Over 90 percent of 305 ruling National Resistance Movement members are supporting the private member’s Bill moved by their colleague Raphael Magyezi of Igara West.

The articles to be amended are 103(3), (7) and 104(2), (3) (6) that talks about the election of the president and challenging of a presidential election respectively.

The main article is 102(b) to scrap the upper and lower presidential age limit.

Article 183(2)(b) which states that a person is not qualified to be elected district chairperson unless he or she is at least 30years and not more than 75 years of age, is also going to be amended.

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