Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and the Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama have finally agreed to extend the nomination for Members of Parliament to give women who adopted their husbands’ names time to fulfill the legal process of changing names.
Electoral Commission is currently enforcing Section 36 of the Registration Act which requires all adults, whose names on the National I.D don’t match those on their academic documents, to carry out deed poll and Gazette at Uganda Publishing Printing Corporation Entebbe.
Most women now using their adopted husbands’ names have been affected.
The matter has for last two weeks pitted the Legislature against the Executive with the former asking for extension of nominations to give women time.
On Tuesday Parliament gave the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and his Deputy Jackson Kafuuzi one day to consult with the E.C and return with the updated date of nominations.
On Wednesday the Deputy Attorney General returned to Parliament with a “no” saying any extension of time would significantly affect the electoral process.
Members of Parliament disagreed with the Deputy Attorney General’s position and it remained a stalemate.
On Thursday Kadaga and Byabakama met at State House during the National Prayer Breakfast ceremony.
The two finally eased the deadlock according to communications from Kadaga and Parliament Prayer Breakfast Fellowship Chairman, David Bahati.
“I have discussed with My Lord the E.C Chairperson, Justice Byabakama and has agreed to extend the nomination for MPs,” said Kadaga.
People required to do the deed poll now have one more week to travel to Entebbe and later National Identification Registration (NIRA) offices Kololo to undertake the processes.
“Since tomorrow Friday is Independence Day (public holiday), more time has been given to do deed poll and nomination will now be on Oct 19th and 20th 2020,” said Kadaga.
Nomination for MPs was initially scheduled for Oct 12 and 13, 2020.
According to the state minister of finance in charge of planning, Bahati, the resolution to extend the date is pro people.