By Kabuye Ronald
Debate on the academic qualifications paralysed the House with a sustained two hour debate forcing concessions on hardline positions that could have seen the imposition of Advanced Level qualifications on sub county chairpersons.
A proposal by MP Okupa Elijah (FDC, Kasilo County) had prescribed Advanced Level qualifications for councilors and chairpersons of local government units, a proposal that divided the House.
He later conceded, isolating sub counties and town council chairpersons from the proposal but roping in municipalities, cities and division mayors who are now required to have at least Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).
When similar proposals were fronted for district councilors, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu disagreed.
“Representation should be on the basis of choice for those who vote; to require a town council that the chairperson and councilor be A’Level is very discriminatory,” he said.
“We should not put qualifications that will disenfranchise others,” he added.
The passing of the Local Government Act (Amendment Bill) 201’9 adds to the Presidential Elections Act (Amendment Bill) 2019 and the Parliamentary Elections Act (Amendment Bill) 2019 which have already been passed as part of the wider electoral reforms.
On Tuesday, Parliament passed the Parliamentary Elections Act (Amendment Bill) 2019, majorly retaining the Shs3 million nomination fees.
Next on the agenda is an amendment to the Political Parties and Organisations Act 2005 and the Electoral Commission Act