A decision by Parliament to vote to scrap government facilitation for campaigns of presidential candidates has rubbed some presidential aspirants the wrong way. A number of presidential aspirants have described as selfish the decision to amend the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2015 not to give facilitation.
A number of presidential aspirants have described as selfish the decision to amend the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2015 not to give facilitation erstwhile provided by the Electoral Commission (EC) to each candidate towards election activities.
The EC last week tabled proposals before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, to increase facilitation to the candidates from 20 million Shillings and a vehicle to a consolidated amount of 50 million shillings.
However, legislators on Wednesday evening voted to have the facilitation removed to bar what they termed as jokers who had turned the presidential race into a money minting project.
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, one of the presidential aspirants says it is clear that parliament is in cohorts with the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) to frustrate its rivals in the race.
He says although he supports the rise of nomination fees from eight million to twenty million shillings, bringing such amendments when the electoral process is on-going is suspect and aimed at favouring of the NRM party.
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Elton Joseph Mabirizi, a presidential aspirant under The Independents Coalition (TIC) says the state wants to deliberately block ordinary Ugandans who wish to vie for the top office.
Mabirizi says he, together with other members of the coalition, have already mobilized funds across the country to support his bid, and any attempts to derail them is in vain. He was however non-committal on how much had been collected.
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Dr. Abed Bwanika, president of People's Development Party (PDP) says it is wrong for government to make amendments in the middle of a process. He says while government wants politics to be a game for the rich, it is not tenable.
Bwanika says if President Yoweri Museveni assents to the bill, the party will sit to review its candidature in the 2016 race.
Prof. Baryamureeba says government must not undermine the presidential aspirants in the race and provide vehicles and security without fail.
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