Gov’t Ready to Finance Sh15.9bn LC 1 Election Budget

EC Officials appearing before the committee.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, ambulance David Bahati has Thursday assured the Electoral Commission and the general public that the government is ready to finance the Local Council elections budget provided by the Electoral body.

This comes after the Minister of Finance; Matia Kasaija told the Parliamentary Committee of Public Service and Local Government last year that government will only cater for the budget of Sh10bn for the elections despite requests by the electoral body to increase the budget to Sh15.9bn.

Bahati was today appearing before the same committee responding to whether the Ministries of Finance, Justice, Local Government and Gender had agreed with EC’s budget of Sh15.9bn.

“We have come so far to look back, this process; if it is concluded putting in place all the necessary amendments, we will be ready with the necessary financing to implement what the peoples’ representatives in Parliament will have passed through the amendments,” Bahati told the Committee today morning.

Committee chairperson Raphael Magyezi commended Bahati for softening the Finance Ministry’s stance on financing the said elections that were last held in 2001 and 2003 for women councils.

On the other hand, Electoral Commission bosses expressed worry over the ever increasing number of villages in the country which was not budgeted for according to the Sh15.9bn budget.

The commission Secretary General, Sam Rwakojjo highlighted that so far a total of 500 villages and 40 parishes have been created which are not included in Sh15.9bn budget.

The Committee chairperson, Magyezi quickly asked the Minister of Local Government to halt creation of any new villages to avoid further expenditure that might arise.

“We have finalized with our work and we shall table a report before the Speaker; we know the Speaker will speed up the process of having the Bill passed so that elections take place as early as possible,” Magyezi said.


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