FDC stuck with Shs1.2bn EC money


John Kikonyogo addresses the press in Kampala


Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party officials say they are still waiting for guidelines on the use of money given to political parties by the Electoral Commission.

The party announced in its weekly press briefing in Kampala that it had received about 1.2 billion Shillings, part of the funding released by the Electoral Commission to facilitate political parties represented in Parliament as required by section 14a of the Political Parties and Organizations Act.

The numerical representation in Parliament today gives the ruling party-NRM the biggest share of the 10 billion Shillings that was released.

NRM received a share of 7.9 billion Shillings.

However, John Kikonyogo, the FDC party spokesperson, says they have not decided what to use the money for because Electoral Commission did not give guideline on activities on which the money can be used for or not.

Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, says the commission is not mandated to provide guidelines for the use of funding under the Political Parties and Organizations Act.

He says what is required of the parties is to provide accountability for auditing purposes.

FDC is the first party to ask for guidelines on how to use the money from electoral commission after other parties in the opposition such as Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and Democratic Party accepted to use the money.

Other parties that have also received the funding from the EC include Conservative Party and JEEMA.


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