Opposition In Parliament Outline Their Desired Electoral Reforms Before 2021 Elections
The opposition in parliament has proposed ten electoral reforms that they believe have to be included in the amendment bills that government seeks to introduce in parliament.
The amendments are meant to streamline preparations for and conducting the 2021 general elections.
Among the proposed reforms lined up by opposition include introduction of a federal government and reinstating and entrenching presidential term limits.
Others are creation of speaker’s panel that will be advising the speaker’s office and preside over parliament in case speaker and deputy are not present, have a vice president as a running mate to the president in elections and constitution of an independent Electoral commission.
This comes as the speaker yesterday ordered the minister of justice and constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafire to present the required electoral reforms before the end of April to give parliament appropriate time to discuss them and pass them before the 2021 elections.
Addressing the press this morning at parliament, the Leader of opposition in parliament Betty Aol Ochan notes that they have decided to unveil the above reforms since government has remained reluctant to presenting necessary billis containing the required electoral reforms as ordered by the supreme court and as demanded by the population.
She asserts that as opposition, they can not sit back and fold their hands as the current electoral commission prepares to serve the country another sham election.