ACTS OF PARLIAMENT ACT.


ACTS OF PARLIAMENT ACT.

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

 

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

 

   1.   Interpretation.

 

PART II
FORMS OF ACTS AND BILLS.

 

   2.   Acts and bills.

 

   3.   Title.

 

   4.   Words of enactment.

 

   5.   Subdivisions.

 

   6.   Style of statutes.

 

   7.   Acts to be public Acts.

 

PART III
PROCEDURE FOLLOWING PASSING OF BILLS.

 

   8.   Preparation of presentation copies.

 

   9.   Assent by the President.

 

   10.   Presentation of the bill for assent under article 91.

 

   11.   Numbering.

 

   12.   Original copies of Acts assented to by the President or becoming law without the assent of the President.

 

   13.   Publication.

 

PART IV
COMMENCEMENT OF ACTS.

 

   14.   Commencement of Acts.

 

   15.   Citation.

 

PART V
CERTIFICATES RELATING TO BILLS AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION.

 

   16.   Bills amending the Constitution.

 

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS.

 

   17.   Amendment and repeal in same session.

 

   18.   Reprint and revised edition.

 

   19.   Date of passing of Act.

 

 

 

      First Schedule   Words of enactment.

 

      Second Schedule   Forms.

 

 

 

CHAPTER 2
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT ACT.

 

Commencement: 12 December, 2000.

   An Act to provide for the form and commencement of Acts of Parliament, for the procedure following the passing of bills and for other related matters.

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act unless the context otherwise requires—

 

(a)   "Act" means a law made by Parliament;

 

(b)   "assent" means the assent of the President signifying his or her approval of a bill passed by Parliament under article 91 or 262 of the Constitution;

 

(c)   "bill" means the draft of an Act of Parliament and includes both a private member's bill and a Government bill;

 

(d)   "certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 16;

 

(e)   "clerk" means the clerk to Parliament or a deputy clerk or any other person performing the duties of the clerk by direction of the Speaker;

 

(f)   "Electoral Commission" means the Electoral Commission established by article 60 of the Constitution;

 

(g)   "Government printer" means the printer authorised generally to print and publish written laws and other publications of the Government;

 

(h)   "original copies" means original copies prepared in accordance with sections 8 and 12;

 

(i)   "Parliament" means the Parliament of Uganda;

 

(j)   "session" means a series of meetings of Parliament within a period of 12 months;

 

(k)   "Speaker" means the Speaker of Parliament and Deputy Speaker shall be construed accordingly.

PART II
FORMS OF ACTS AND BILLS.

 

2.   Acts and bills.

   This Act shall apply with respect to the forms of Acts of Parliament and the forms of bills shall correspond with this Act.

 

3.   Title.

   Every Act shall bear at the head a short title immediately followed by a long title describing the leading provisions of the Act.

 

4.   Words of enactment.

(1) Every Act shall be prefaced by the words of enactment specified in the First Schedule to this Act.

(2) The words of enactment shall be taken to extend to all sections and to any schedules and other provisions contained in the Act.

 

5.   Subdivisions.

   Where an Act contains more than one enactment it shall be divided into sections and sections containing more than one enactment shall be divided into subsections.

 

6.   Style of Statutes.

   Unless the situation warrants otherwise all Statutes in Uganda shall be styled Acts.

 

7.   Acts to be public Acts.

   Every Act is, and shall be judicially noticed as, a public Act.

PART III
PROCEDURE FOLLOWING PASSING OF BILLS.

 

8.   Preparation of presentation copies.

(1) As soon as possible after a bill has been passed by Parliament, the clerk shall cause the text of the bill as passed to be sent to the Government printer who shall print 10 copies of the bill on vellum or on paper of enduring quality and send the copies as printed to the clerk.

(2) On receiving the copies, the clerk shall—

 

(a)   cause to be made in the copies such corrections as relate to misprints, typographical errors and wrong references, if any, as are necessary;

 

(b)   carefully compare the copies with the text of the bill as passed;

 

(c)   if the copies are found to be correct sign on each copy a statement in the form set out in Part I of the Second Schedule to this Act; and

 

(d)   cause the copies to be presented to the President for assent.

 

9.   Assent by the President.

(1) The President shall, subject to article 91 or 262 of the Constitution, assent to the bill presented to him or her under section 8 by signing on each copy of the bill a statement in the form set out in Part II of the Second Schedule to this Act.

(2) A bill shall become an Act of Parliament on the signature by the President of the first of the copies referred to in subsection (1).

(3) A bill which becomes law under article 91 or 262 of the Constitution without the assent of the President shall be deemed to have become law on the day on which the Speaker of Parliament causes a copy of the bill to be laid before Parliament under article 91 or 262 of the Constitution.

(4) On the day on which a bill is stated to become law under subsection (3), that bill shall be deemed to become an Act of Parliament.

 

10.   Presentation of the bill for assent under article 91.

   Where the bill has been returned to Parliament under article 91(3)(b) or (c) of the Constitution and Parliament has reconsidered the bill and passed it again, the clerk shall present the bill for the second time to the President for assent; and sections 8 and 9 shall apply with necessary modifications.

 

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