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MPs to elect new Speaker next week

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MPs to elect new Speaker next week
Parliament of Uganda

After the swearing-in of Members of Parliament, the first business conducted by the new Parliament is the election of the Speaker of Parliament, which has been scheduled for Monday 24th May 2021.

According to the Constitution, Article 82 provides for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall be elected by the 529 Members of the 11th Parliament.

The hotly contested speakership race is between Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah. Others contesting for the office of the speaker of parliament include; Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Semujju Nganda and Rakai District Woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama.

A person shall not be qualified to be elected a Speaker or Deputy Speaker if he or she is a Vice President or a Minister.

Subject to article 81(4) of this Constitution, no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant.

The Chief Justice or a judge designated by the Chief Justice shall preside at an election of a Speaker, and the Speaker shall preside at an election of the Deputy Speaker

The election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker have been scheduled to be held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.