2021: diplomats question registration of 18-year-olds

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Speaker Kadaga and British envoy Peter West

Top diplomats from the Democratic Governance Group, led by Peter West, the British High Commissioner, paid a courtesy call on Speaker Rebecca Kadaga at Parliament.

The only item on the agenda was the road-map to the 2021 general elections.

Others were: Peter Lindgarde, the Swedish Ambassador; Nicolas Petersen, Denmark’s Ambassador; Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator & Designated Official for Security; and Dr Roswitha Kremser, from the Coordination Office for Development Cooperation at the Austrian Embassy.

The conversation centred round Electoral Reforms; the issue of Independent MPs; Voter Registration, especially of 18 year olds; timely funding of the Electoral Commission; and the role of Security Forces.

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“I said that contrary to the Executive’s view, Independent MPs could not be wished away,” Kadaga said.

She said under the Constitution, one is free to seek political office, without having allegiance to any party.

Debate on electoral reforms is to start today.

And unlike the outgone, the new Justice Minister seems better focused & cooperative, she noted.

“I concurred with the diplomats’ concern about 18 year-olds. In my view, voter registration should be a continuous exercise. We shall debate it.”

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