The Electoral Commission has asked for more Shs 70bn to help it conduct the 2016 general elections.
Appearing before the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the EC Chairman, Badru Kiggundu, said they had planned for Shs 272bn for the 2015/16 budget for electoral activities but will only be provided with Shs 202bn.
“This leaves a gap of Shs 70bn. If not bridged, we will either have to incur domestic arrears in order to deliver the 2016 elections or postpone the activities,” Kiggundu submitted to Parliament.
EC requires Shs 1.4bn for the counting of results and over Shs 7bn to enable elections for special interest groups, the payment of polling officials and tallying of results.
According to Kiggundu’s submission, they need Shs 23bn to pay polling day officials for presidential and parliamentary elections, Shs 3bn for election of regional Youth MPs, Shs 1bn for the election of PWDs representatives and Shs 620m for the election of Workers MPs.
“We also require Shs 9bn to cater for allowances for training of polling officials, Shs 776m to purchase training materials for polling officials and Shs 6.6m for gazetting of Special Interest Groups Parliamentary elections,” Kiggundu told MPs.
Kiggundu is expected to return to Parliament tomorrow, Thursday to continue his request for funding.
He also denied a charge raised by some legislators that he was trying to blackmail government saying they are even pondering a multibillion voting system (Real Time Voter Verification System) which needs Shs 100bn.
This system is expected to ease multiple voting.