Previously, the Electoral Commission had indicated that it will need 796 billion Shillings to conduct the 2021 elections. However, the government was only able to provide 640 billion Shillings. But this was before the coming of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) whose prevention measures require a lot of sanitary facilities.
Electoral Commission is to spend an additional 16 billion Shillings to conduct
elections in newly created electoral areas.
Previously, the Electoral Commission had indicated that it will need 796 billion Shillings to conduct
the 2021 elections. However, the government was only able to provide
640 billion Shillings. But this was before the coming of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) whose prevention measures
require a lot of sanitary facilities.
The commission recently told
the media that it will need another 54.6 billion Shillings to buy hand
sanitizers, masks, water and soap, among others, to maintain guidelines during the electoral cycle. With
the extra 16 billion Shillings, this pushes the 2021 election's budget to 716 billion Shillings.
But EC chairman
Justice Simon Byabakama said that the creation of new electoral areas such as constituencies, municipalities,
town councils and sub-counties requires more money than what had been budgeted for. He was speaking to reporters at the
Electoral Commission headquarters in Kampala on Friday.
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According to information sent to the
Electoral Commission by Parliament, Uganda has 46 new constituencies, 10 new cities,
one new district and five Parliamentary seats for Older Persons. This brings the total seats in the 11th parliament to 513. The government also created another 168
new town councils or sub-counties.
“For purposes of absorbing the above
new creations into the general elections 2020/2021, the Electoral Commission
has had to make revisions to the electoral roadmap to provide for the
demarcation of Local government electoral areas and reorganization of polling stations
in the affected parishes or wards in the 168 new town councils and sub-counties
located in various parts of Uganda,” said Byabakama.
He added that now the nominations of
candidates for local government council elections has changed from the earlier
dates of between September 7-17, to the current date of between September 21 and October 1.
Meanwhile, Byabakama has used today’s address to assail
politicians who have started violating the Standard Operating Procedures that
the ministry of Health and the commission issued in regards to public campaigns
and procession. He said that the Commission he
leads strongly condemn this kind of conduct which he said is putting the lives
of Ugandans at the risk of contracting COVID-19.
In the previous weeks, members
of the National Resistance Movement such as Evelyn Anite, the state minister for
privatization, Ephraim Kamuntu, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs
minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, the health minister among others were videotaped
conducting mass campaigns or processions without regard to social distance or
“As guided, candidates may organize or
hold regulated campaign meetings. Conveners of such meetings and venue owners
must ensure that public health safety measures and guidelines for preventing
the spread of COVID-19 are observed,”
He, however, added that the fact that
they allowed the police to ensure that political players are compliant with the
guidelines is not a carte blanche for them to allow or disallow political
meetings. He implored political players to always inform them whenever they
face obstacles from the police.
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Last week Presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu was stopped from speaking at a radio station in Mbale with the police
citing the lack of clearance from the Electoral Commission as the reason for