Pamela Etonu Okudi, the newly appointed commissioner designate for the Electoral Commission (EC), expressed gratitude for her appointment, describing it as a divine opportunity. Etonu, who has been serving as the acting head of administration at the EC, was promoted to the position of Commissioner by President Yoweri Museveni alongside three others.
In an interview following the announcement, Etonu acknowledged the significance of her appointment, attributing it to divine grace. She emphasized that her inclusion in the list was a result of God’s favor, and she pledged to serve to the satisfaction of the appointing authority.
Expressing her gratitude, Etonu thanked everyone who had prayed for her and acknowledged those who had supported and believed in her, including President Yoweri Museveni. As the daughter of former Amuria County MP Ben Etonu, she conveyed her commitment to working hard and living up to the expectations of the people.
The newly appointed commissioners, including Anthony Okello, Robert Kasule Sebunya, and Dr. Sallie Simba Kayunga, will undergo vetting by Parliament’s appointments committee. The committee, chaired by Speaker of Parliament Anita Annet Among, will assess the qualifications and suitability of the appointees.
The retention of EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, deputy chairperson Hajjati Aisha Lubega, and Commissioner Stephen Tashobya adds experienced leadership to the team. Justice Byabakama, who is set to serve his second term as the Commission’s head, will play a crucial role in organizing the upcoming general elections scheduled for 2026.