The Ugandan government is working on constitutional and electoral reforms to improve the country’s democracy, the New Vision newspaper quoted the country's minister for constitutional affairs and deputy attorney general, Fred Ruhindi, as saying.
Ruhindi was said to have made the disclosure in a meeting with a delegation of MPs and civil society leaders who presented two bills to be incorporated in the reforms that Ugandan Cabinet is said to be working on.
Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), a consortium of 800 civil society groups, in conjunction with three MPs, are said to have jointly drafted the bills.
The minister reportedly did not give details but pointed out that some of the reforms government is drafting were proposed in the National Consultative Forum (NCF), which is a consortium for all registered parties in Uganda.
“In 2005, there were some amendments we deferred. These proposals are timely. Some of them are similar to the ones cabinet is handling,” he explained.
Ruhindi further stated that a special cabinet committee, chaired by the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, has been instituted to work with legal experts to draft the bills for amendments.