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Uganda

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Parliament

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
No
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
A summary of the main elements
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
No

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
Sittings of Parliament and Committees shall be open to the Public. However, the Speaker may, with the approval of Parliament and having regard to National Security, hold a closed meeting (Rule 22 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament).
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
In accordance with Rules of Procedure of Parliament, 22.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Radio
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Yes
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
Information restricted for disclosure is provided for in the Access to Information Act, 2005 of Uganda, specifically Section 29 on protection of the safety of persons and property; Section 30 on protection of law enforcement and legal proceedings; Section 31 on protection of records privileged from production in legal proceedings; Section 32 on defence, security and international relations; and Section 33 on operations of public bodies.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists