Parliament recommends that EC should be fully funded

The budget committee of parliament concurs with a recommendation from the legal and parliamentary affairs committee that the Electoral Commission be fully funded in order to deliver credible elections.

The legal and parliamentary affairs committee chairman Stephen Tashobya reported to the committee that the Electoral commission but has been provided 105 billion shillings but there is a funding gap of about 75 billion shillings.

The committee on the budget has also recommended that Government should consider boring funds from NSSF to construct a permanent headquarter for the electoral commission which is currently housed in a wetland.

Tashobya expressed concern that in case of heavy flooding important election materials can be destroyed.

Meanwhile the committee also wants an Increase in the emoluments of commissioners so that they can concentrate on delivering better elections instead of being diverted

Tashobya also reported that the Electoral Commission has a debt of 472 million shillings having failed to pay data entrants who worked in the 2001 and 2006

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago

May 13 2014