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Gov’t Moves to Finalize Process for Older Persons’ Representation in Parliament

The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Prof Ephraim Kamuntu on Wednesday announced that he and his team will be heading to Parliament to finalize the process of including the composition of Parliament, the representation of older persons and maintain the representation of UPDF, women, youths and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Parliament.

During the Constitution-making process, the people of Uganda emphasized that one of the main principles that should govern the composition and functioning of Parliament is participatory democracy and inclusiveness and that the Legislature should be composed mainly of representatives directly elected by the people.

Currently, however, Parliament is represented by directly elected Members of Parliament (MPs), district or city women representatives and Special Interest Groups including the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) with 10 representatives, 5 representatives for workers, 5 representatives for youth and 5 representatives for PWDs.

The representation of women at the district level or city representatives is supposed to be reviewed every 5 years during the electoral circle.

Cabinet on July 6, 2020, approved to include in the composition of Parliament, the representation of older persons by 5 representatives in the 11th Parliament.

In addition, Cabinet on July 13, 2020, approved the retention of the representation of Special Interest Groups by maintaining 10 representatives for UPDF, 5 representatives for workers, 5 representatives for youth and 5 representatives for PWDs.

Minister Kamuntu on Wednesday morning revealed that they would be heading to Parliament to finalize the process of including the composition of all the above categories of representatives in Parliament.

“This review is now due and we are going to Parliament this afternoon July 15, 2020 to complete the process in accordance with section 8(3) of the Parliamentary Elections, Act, 2005 and article 78(2) of the Constitution, the representation in Parliament under Article 78(1)(b) and (c) by maintaining 10 representatives for the UPDF, 5 representatives for workers, 5 representatives for youth and 5 representatives for persons with disabilities,” said Kamuntu.

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