Pamela Etonu Okudi, the newly designated commissioner for the Electoral Commission (EC), has described the opportunity as a gift from God in a gracious response to her recent appointment. Etonu, who previously served as the acting head of administration at EC, expressed her commitment to serving to the satisfaction of President Yoweri Museveni, who appointed her alongside three others.
The additional appointees include former Members of Parliament Anthony Okello and Robert Kasule Sebunya, representing Kyoga County and Nansana municipality, respectively. Another appointee is Dr. Sallie Simba Kayunga, a political science and public administration lecturer at Makerere University.
In an interview following the announcement, Etonu expressed her gratitude, stating, “I give all thanks to God, it’s God’s grace that I’m on that list. No human would have put me there, it’s all God.” She acknowledged the prayers and support from those who believe in her, extending her appreciation to President Yoweri Museveni.
Pamela, the daughter of former Amuria County MP Ben Etonu, emphasized her commitment to hard work and vowed not to disappoint the people. As part of the upcoming vetting process, the appointees, along with the retained EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, deputy chairperson Hajjati Aisha Lubega, and Commissioner Stephen Tashobya, will undergo scrutiny by Parliament’s appointments committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Anita Annet Among.
Justice Byabakama, who is set to serve his second term as the Commission’s boss, will lead the organization of the next general elections scheduled for 2026.