President Yoweri Museveni has officially reappointed Justice Simon Byabakama and his deputy, Hajat Aisha Luebga, for another seven-year term at the Electoral Commission. The confirmation of their reappointment came after President Museveni wrote to the Speaker of Parliament on January 5th, extending their tenure in office.
Justice Byabakama took on the role of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission in November 2016, succeeding the Dr. Badiru Kiggundu Commission. This reappointment signifies the continuation of their leadership in overseeing electoral processes in the country.
New Faces in the Commission
The newly constituted Electoral Commission also welcomes new members, including Robert Kasule Sebunya, a former Member of Parliament for Kyandondo North and Nansana Municipality. Sebunya, previously serving as the Head of the Delivery Unit at the Prime Minister’s Office, brings his experience to the Commission.
Dr. Sallie Simba Kayunga, a Political Science Lecturer at Makerere University, is another addition to the Commission. The appointment of former Kioga county MP, Anthony Okello, enhances the diversity and expertise within the electoral body.
Additionally, former Kajara MP, Stephen Tashobya, has been reappointed to the Commission by President Museveni. Serving his last term on the commission, Tashobya, a lawyer by profession, previously chaired the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee during his parliamentary tenure.
Pamela Etonu Okudi, the Acting Head of Administration at the Commission and a former employee of the National Forestry Authority, also joins the new lineup.
Continuation of Strategic Plan Implementation
The reconstituted Electoral Commission is expected to seamlessly continue the implementation of the Strategic Plan, initiated from FY 2022/23 to 2026/2027. This plan encompasses the crucial task of planning and administering the upcoming 2025/2026 General Elections. The estimated budget for the strategic plan, including the 2025/2026 General Elections Roadmap, is Two Trillion, Five Hundred Forty-One Billion, Four Hundred Eight Million, Eight Hundred Seventy-One Thousand, Two Hundred Eighty-Nine Shilling.
The outgoing Commission had set the polling period for the 2026 General Elections between January 12, 2026, and February 10, 2026.