The Electoral Commission is seeking 129 billion shillings from government to hold by elections and lower local council elections around the country. Eng. Badru Kiggundu, the Commission chairman, however says they shall only release an election programme after they have received the money.
Eng. Badru Kiggundu, the Commission chairman, however says they shall only release an election programme after they have received the money.
Part of the money is to cover elections for Local Council one, two and four. Kiggundu adds that they are still negotiating with government before they set the exact dates for elections.
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The money will also cater for women council elections as well as by elections resulting from disputes in the 2011 general elections.
The EC says it has already embarked on the preparations for the Entebbe Municipality Member of Parliament by elections. This follows a Kampala High Court ruling on August 3rd nullifying the election Mohammed Kawuma. Court concurred with Patience Mubangizi, who challenged Kawuma’s victory on grounds that the exercise was no free and fair. Court ordered a fresh election.
Kiggundu says to ensure a smooth exercise the EC will recruit and deploy her staff to all 74 polling stations as presiding officers to cover the entire municipality.
These will be assisted by polling officers who are more senior in the electoral process to avoid irregularities cited by the Judge. The officers will be recruited, vetted and trained by the returning officers.
According to Kiggundu, the electoral commission has also embarked on preparations for 70,000 administrative units’ elections countrywide as it waits for funding from government.
They are also preparing for elections of women councils and committees.
Since the end of February general elections, the EC has had 141 election petitions at the High court and 98 of them have been handled. Out of these 13 cases were lost, eleven are before the court of appeal while 85 were won.