Gov’t Earmarks Shs12bn for New Districts Elections
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija yesterday told the Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that government will provide Shs12bn needed to conduct elections in the newly created districts.
The Electoral Commission while appearing before the same committee said that they needed 12 billion shillings to conduct elections in the six new districts and municipalities; plus holding the Iganga Woman Member of Parliament by- elections which fell vacant following the death of Hon Grace Haliat Kaudha.
Kasaija said government decided to have a supplementary budget to hold these elections and promised to provide the funds by next week.
“Shs12, 549, 510 will be provided by the Ministry of Finance in form of a supplementary to make sure that these elections are held; EC can now go ahead and make preparations to hold the elections,” Kasaija said.
However, the MPs were concerned that the supplementary budget has a long procedure and instead asked him to re-allocate the money meant for LC1 elections for the district polls to be conducted first.
Kasaija nonetheless assured the MPs that this will be a shorter procedure and added that the money will be provided by next week.
The chairperson of the electoral commission Simon Byabakama assured the committee that next week they will release the road map for local council one elections.