The odd $3.3 million the government is handing over to political parties in the run-up to the 2016 General Elections comes with conditions.
The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Dr. Badru Kiggundu, addressing a press conference at EC offices in Kampala last week said, the money would be available to the different political parties after they fulfill the requirements. The EC will ask for accountability after the elections.
The money will be distributed to only political parties that have representatives currently in the Parliament. These include Conservative Party (CP), Democratic Party (DP), National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and JEEMA. Parties will share the money according to the number of (MPs each party has in parliament.
Kiggundu said funding political parties is in line with the Constitution under the Political Party Act of 2005 section (14a).
The EC says all concerned parties have been informed of the criteria and can pick their money and use it immediately.
“We already have the money and some parties have already received the money. Those who haven’t are encouraged to hand in their account numbers and other necessary documents and take their money,” Kiggundu said.
The EC Chairman also asked the pubic to go to their respective polling stations to check for their names before April 30 when the ongoing register update will end. He said they will be no extension and whoever will not have done so will miss the voting.
“Every Ugandan who is an eligible voter should take the initiative to make sure his details are in the voters registers if not be registered. Your voter is a determinate to social and economic being of this country and should not be taken for granted.” Kiggundu said
He warned officials who are charging money to register people to stop it, because it is illegal and that whoever will be caught will be punished accordingly. The chairman requested the public to report such cases because registration for voting is totally free.
Source : East African Business Week