President Museveni assents to Constitution Amendment Bill
President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Constitution Amendment Bill No.2 of 2017, making it a law in force in Uganda.
In a letter to the Clerk to Parliament, the President signified his assent to the Bill on Wednesday, 27 December 2017.
The Act prescribes 18 years as the age for prospective presidential candidates, from the 35 previously prescribed by the old legal regime.
The upper age limit for presidential candidates has also been removed, together with that of Local Councils Chairpersons.
Equally, Parliament’s term has been extended from five to seven years, beginning with the 10th Parliament.
Local Councils’ terms are also extended from five to seven years, beginning with the current tenure.
General elections for Local Councils and Parliament will now be held in 2023, from the 2021 envisaged in the pre-existing legal order.
Mr Chris Obore, Parliament’s Director Communication and Public Affairs said unlike the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2017, which the President reverted to Parliament for reconsideration, the Constitution Amendment Bill has wholly been assented to.
In his New Year address, the President lauded the 317 MPs who voted in favour of the Bill, saying they have “played a crucial role at this historical junction.”
According to section 13(1) of the Acts of Parliament Act, “every Act shall be published by the government printer as soon as possible after the president’s assent has been signified…”
A section of MPs opposed to the legislation have, however, threatened legal action, arguing that sections of the Act are unconstitutional.