The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga (pictured) has directed the Attorney General to ask the Electoral Commission to extend the nomination of Members of Parliament by at least 14 days to enable women who adopted their husband’s names be able to fulfill the legal process stipulated in the law.
This is after the deputy Attorney General, Jackson Kafuuzi on Tuesday changed his statement to Parliament and informed MPs that married women will have to undertake a deed poll and have it gazetted like the law stipulates as adopting a husband’s name is considered as a change of name and not as having an additional name as he had earlier communicated.
Kafuuzi last week promised to bring an amendment to the Registration of Persons Act to enable married women who adopted their husband’s names to just add a statutory document instead of going through the process.
The revelation by Kafuuzi left MPs wondering how women who adopted their husband’s names are going to be able to take a deed poll, have it gazetted and also get a clearance from NIRA in the remaining two days.
This prompted Speaker Kadaga to direct the Attorney General to demand that there is an extension of the nomination period by at least 14 days.