Constitutional Minister summoned to Parliament over Electoral Commission’s position on maiden names
The Speaker has summoned the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to Parliament, to explain the Electoral Commission’s position not to nominate candidates whose names do not reflect what is on their academic documents.
In a Plenary sitting on Tuesday 15th September 2020, Soroti District Woman MP, Hon Angelline Osegge said that the Electoral Commission (EC) had taken a decision not consider candidates whose names are different from those on the academic documents.
Osegge observed that she was aware that EC had relied on a High Court case between former Kibanda North MP, Hon Sam Otada and the current area MP Taban Idi Amin.
Quoting the Court of Appeal case that nullified the election of Taban Idi Amin, MP Osegge highlighted that the election of Taban Idi Amin was nullified because his academic qualifications were at variance with his national identity which has Taban Idi Amin Tempo.
The MP demanded an explanation from the Electoral Commission saying that the move would confuse the intending candidates.
“My plea is, you implore the EC to explain or declare the position of the law and to help all intending candidates to know what is expected,” Said Osegge.
Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa was concerned that there is no uniform position on the matter. He said that the matter had been presented to the Legal Committee and brought to the attention of the EC but there was no uniform position.
“Whereas they are quoting the Otada case, there is a case I argued up to the Court of Appeal involving Hon. Cissy Namujju. She also had different names, I won the case in Masaka High Court and I lost it in the Court of Appeal over the differences in names,” Baslirwa said.
The Speaker in her ruling summoned the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to Parliament to further elaborate on the matter.
“The matter is very important and not based on the law. The people who change names are women when they marry. This is targeting the women in this election,” Kadaga said