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Museveni re-appoints Justice Byabakama as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission

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President Yoweri Museveni has re-appointed Justice Simon Byabakama as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission. The reappointment follows the expiry of his seven-year term.

Justice Byabakama, who served at the court of appeal, was named on November 18, 2016, as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, replacing Engineer Badru Kiggundu, whose 14-year, two-term reign had ended.

“In exercise of the powers vested in the president by Article 60(1) of the Constitution of Uganda, I have appointed Justice Simon Byabakama as the chairperson of the electoral commission,” Museveni said.

According to the letter addressed to speaker Anita Among, Museveni reappointed Hajjat Aisha Lubega as the deputy chairperson, Stephen Tashobya, as a commissioner and dropped Peter Emorut, Justine Ahabwe Mugabi, Sebaggala Mustapha Kigozi and Nathaline Etomaru.

Byabakama will work alongside Anthony Okello, a former Kyoga County Member of Parliament; Pamela Etonu Okudi, the Acting Head of Administration at the Electoral Commission; Dr Ssimba Ssali Kayunga, a lecturer at Makerere University; and Robert Kasule Sebunya.

The appointees wait to appear before the parliament’s appointments committee for vetting.

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