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Judiciary Seeks UGX 2Billion for Handling Election Petitions

Dorcas Okalany, Secretary to the Judiciary told the Legal and parliamentary Committee on Wednesday afternoon, that the item is part of the unfunded priorities in the 2015/2016 financial year budget.

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The Judiciary is seeking Shillings 2.8 billion urgently to handle petitions arising from the 2016 general elections.

 

Dorcas Okalany, Secretary to the Judiciary told the Legal and parliamentary Committee this afternoon, that the item is part of the unfunded priorities in the 2015/2016 financial year budget. 

According to Okalany, the Judiciary requires the money to fund the operations of the lower level courts up to the Supreme Court to handle the election petitions. The Supreme Court is currently handling the presidential election petition filed by independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi.

 

 

She says they only received money for setting up of election tribunals at the parish level, which worked with Electoral Commission to verify voters' identities during the voter's register clean up exercise last year.

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Okalany says Ministry of Finance is yet to respond to their request for supplementary budget. The committee members led by their chaiman, Stephen Tashobya and Abdu Katuntu, the Bugweri County MP have directed the Judiciary to provide letters requesting for the funds.

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