A survey by Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP), a civil society governance monitoring and advocacy group for better governance in Uganda and Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda [CCEDU] shows that the ruling party requires only 14 votes to win the age limit battle.
The survey indicates that more women MPs are in support of the bill as compared to their male counter parts.
The 10th Parliament has got more men than women, standing at 293 and 137 respectively.
Out of 436 MPs, 276 are in support of the bill, 116 are opposed to the bill, 38 are undecided. Required two thirds majority makes up 290 MPs. A mere 14 votes will help NRM end the age limit war once and for all.
The report cites widespread police interruption in the consultations of the MPs which made it hard to get substantial information.
Godber Tumushabe who represented Great Lakes Institute For Strategic Studies [GLISS] said 61 constituencies in Buganda are opposed to the amendment with only 10 which are undecided.
“As the survey went on, purple colour started to disappear, because information on the stand of MPs was later known,” he said during the launch of the report at Africana hotel on Tuesday.
He said survey colours that were used include; Red- opposition, yellow- in support, orange- undecided and purple- no information.
“MPs or constituencies against the amendment were coded red. Yellow for those in support, Orange for those divided and purple for those that did not know,” he explained.
Most Ankle MPs are going to vote against their citizens wishes not to lift the age limit.
All the constituencies in Acholi are considered opposed to the Amendment of Article 102 (B).
This study is in reference to article 102 (b) and 5 Acholi women MPs have confirmed not in support of the age limit bill.
Bunyoro has 21 MPs and 14 of them are against the amendment of Article 102B.
All Lango MPs are against the Amendment of Article 102 B according to a survey.
In West Nile, out of the 32 MPs, 22 are in support of the amendment of Article 102B.
Sebei Constituencies are opposed to amendment of Article 102B but their MPs are in support of the Bill.
In Central region, out of 115 MPs contacted, 34 voted Yes (30 per cent), 32 voted No (28 per cent) while 17 (14 per cent) were undecided and 32 (28 per cent) did not respond.
In Eastern region, 33 MPs (36 per cent) voted Yes for the Bill, 14 (15 per cent) rejected the Bill while 16 (17 per cent) were undecided and 29 (32 per cent) did not respond.
The poll shows that 55 women MPs voted for removal of the age limit indicating a 40 per cent support, 12 per cent said “No” while 12 per cent were undecided and 36 per cent did not respond because our calls to their phones either went unanswered or their phones were off air.
The MPs opposed to the Bill were 75 (25 per cent), 41 (14 per cent) were undecided and 64 (22 per cent) did not respond.
“There is a complete mismatch between the interests of the citizens and the MPs who claim to represent them,” noted Crispin Kaheru, the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda [CCEDU].