Uganda Media Seeks Bigger Poll Budget from Electoral Commission

Outgoing Electoral Commission Chairman, decease Eng Badru Kiggundu has praised the media for standing the test of time in the recently-concluded elections.

The media was in the spotlight during the heated polls that saw President Museveni’s grip on power significantly shaken by opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.

Kiggundu said each election is unique and raises peculiar issues.

“This tests the skills and tenacity of the election management body as well as the whole spectrum of stakeholders in order to fulfil the mandate through their respective roles, ” said Kiggundu.

“We are glad to observe that the media has been up to the task and on each occasion, has played the role of informing the public about the electoral processes,” he added.

Kiggundu spoke today Wednesday during the post-election media review at Royal Suites in Bugolobi, Kampala.

Kiggundu said the media has tirelessly supported voter education function by promoting awareness on voter rights, duties and responsibilities which has ensured an informed electorate.

Several speakers called for more investment in the media to increase voter education.

NBS boss, Kin Kariisa called for a ten percent of Electoral Commission’s election budget to be channelled to the media.

New Vision‘s Robert Kabushenga urged cost sharing among media houses to minimise costs of covering general elections. He further proposed that printing of ballot papers should be done in Uganda.

Kabushenga said Vision Group has a state-of-art equipment capable of printing voter materials including ballot papers, cracking ribs in the audience.

He also acknowledged a revolution in the media, hailing ChimpReports as a force to reckon with in the new digital media industry.

NTV‘s Maurice Mugisha admitted that this was the most expensive election as the television spent heavily in deployment of journalists and lost equipment worth millions of shillings.


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