EC Releases Shs 10bn to Facilitate Political Parties

EC Boss Badru Kiggundu

Chairman Electoral Commission (EC), click page Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu has revealed that government has released a tune of Shs 10bn to facilitate all political parties a head of the 2016 general elections.

The Chairman told journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Kampala that as provided for under Section 14A of the political Parties and Organisations Act, this the commission will be facilitating only political parties that are represented in parliament.

“These parties include; Conservative Party (CP), Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), JEEMA, National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC).

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The money will be distributed according to the party’s strength in the house,” Kiggundu stressed.

Curently the ruling National Resistance Movement has the biggest representation of 263 members, followed by Forum for Democratic Change with 34. Democratic Party has 12, Uganda People’s Congress 10, Conservative Party 1 and Justice Forum 1.

Kiggundu emphasized that those parties without any representative in parliament will not share on this money; thus encouraged their leaders to fight more and ensure that they are represented this time round.

He said the individual parties will later account for the money allocated as required by law and that those parties that have fulfilled all the modalities for accessing the funds have already received their share.

Meanwhile, the EC has vowed to take action against its errant officials that are asking money from applicants to be registered during the on-going update of the National Voters’ Register exercise.

“EC has received reports in the media alleging that during the on-going exercise, some update officials are asking for money from applicants in order to register them. This is illegal as the exercise of registration as a voter is totally free of charge. We therefore urge the public to report any such cases of extortion to the nearby EC offices or police,” Kiggundu remarked.

He further urged all Ugandans to participate in the ongoing update of voters’ register which commenced on April 7th and will ends on April 30th emphasizing that there will be no extension of the allocated period.

“A credible and accurate National Voters’ Register is a cornerstone for peaceful, free and fair elections.”


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