In what appears to be a throwback to the 1980s constitution, Uganda plans to change the constitution and introduce a parliamentary system in which the parliament forms the electoral college that elects the president.
This would be a departure from the practice of other EAC member states, which have a presidential system in which a president is elected by popular vote.
The plan to change the law was recently put forward by a pro-government party group also returned a seven-year term to Parliament in return for the legislature to pass the amendment and grant themselves a longer stay in the House.
“We have a proposal to amend electoral laws and other laws to to pave the way for a hybrid parliamentary system in which the head of government, who is also the head of state, is elected by parliament and local government councils,” said Felix Adupa Ongwech, the Chair tzende of the Transformer Cadres Association of Uganda at a press briefing.
The 1995 constitutional makers rejected Westminster’s system of government, in which the president is elected by popular vote.
President Yoweri Museveni, 77, has been in office for 36 years, and the most recent presidential election revealed the reality of a generational gap as he faced candidates several decades younger.
In the presidential election on January 14, 2021, the President Museveni was given his sixth term in office, with six of the 11 candidates under the age of 44.
According to the head of the Democratic Party, Norbert Mao, the president has all the aces to easily win the majority of votes from the more than 500 MPs win.
“Some people say that since the president is old, he wants a polling station where all the voters can be observed,” he said.
Critics say , it would be best if the President this would leave a referendum for legitimacy.
If the proposed constitutional amendment is supported by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, it will be formally submitted for constitutional review and referendum as part of electoral reform.< /p>
On January 12, NRM Secretary-General Richard Todwong said the party prefers a situation where “we let the people decide” and that there is no need to change the constitution and give legitimacy to the people to withdraw from the election of the President.