Auditor General John Muwanga warns that delays in financing may affect the 2021 General Elections.
The Auditor General, John Muwanga has warned of delays in financing of activities for the general elections saying that if the delays persist, they may affect the elections in 2021.
Muwanga sounded the warning today while presenting the December 2019 Audit report for all government institutions to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
He highlighted that the Electoral Commission requires Shs796.88Bn for the organization of presidential and general parliamentary and local council elections 2020/2021.
According to the proposal from Electoral Commission, the funds are meant to be released in three phases but by 30th June 2019, a total of Shs141Bn (18%) has been released to implement the activities of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 instead of Shs439.067Bn. Muwanga observed that the financing of the road map to 2021 general elections is behind schedule.
The Auditor-General hence called on Government to consider prioritizing the financing of the roadmap given its gravity in having a smooth and peaceful electoral process.
Some of the activities critical to the roadmap include demarcation of electoral areas, re-organization of polling stations, specialized training.
Others are voter education, acquisition of a biometric voter verification system, developing election document management system, digitizing election documents and setting up election digital archive.
While responding to the matter, Speaker wondered why taxpayers are going to incur the cost of buying new biometric machines yet there were some machines purchased before 2016 general elections.
Kadaga wants to know what happened to the machines that were used just once and the government had incurred huge amount of money.