By our reporter
The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is today set to start scrutinizing the proposed Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2017 that seeks to among others, lift the presidential age limit.
The committee chaired by West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth was last month tasked by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to scrutinize the bill and report back to parliament.
The Private Member’s Bill tabled by Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi proposes an amendment to Article 102(b) which caps the presidential age limits at 35 years and 75 years as minimum and maximum age for the holder of a presidential office.
The committee is supposed to present a report to the House on the amendment bill within 45 days according to the rules of procedure.
President Yoweri Museveni could become the first direct beneficiary of the proposed amendment, should the upper age cap be removed. Born in 1944, the president is not eligible for re-election in 2021 as he will be above 75 years.
Besides seeking the amendment of Article 102(b), Magyezi also seeks to amend Article 104(6) to increase the number of days within which the electoral commission is required to hold a fresh election where a presidential election is annulled, from twenty days to sixty days from the date of the annulment.