Women Activists Demand More Women On EC
Women activists under the Women Democracy Group (WDG) have petitioned Parliament, seeking to push for more women constituted on the Electoral Commission.
The group, which presented its petition to Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga at Parliament on October 20, 2016, wants President Yoweri Museveni to consider appointing at least four women into the leadership of the EC, including the position of the chairperson.
The term of the current EC expires next month, except for one commissioner, Justine Mugabi, who will be serving a second seven-year term after Parliament approved her re-appointment.
Patricia Munaabi, Executive Director of Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), who read the petition, noted that women in Uganda have proved that they are capable of managing key government institutions.
“Consider appointment of women given the expertise and diligence women have brought to positions of leadership in institutions like Uganda Human Rights Commission, UNRA and KCCA,” Munaabi said.
Some of the women that group is lobbying for appointment include Professor Josephine Ahikire, Beatrice Kiraso, Tezira Jamwa, Irene Ovonji-Odida and Miria Matembe, among others.
Munaabi demanded that the Appointments Committee of Parliament should, during its vetting process; stand by Objective IV of the national objectives and directive principles of state policy, which states that the state shall ensure gender balance and fair representation of marginalized groups on all constitutional and other bodies.
Shortly after receiving the petition, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that Uganda has not had a female EC chairperson. Kadaga said she will consult with the President, who appoints the commissioners, to consider gender balance during his appointments.