Museveni, rivals to get Shs50m in 2016 elections


Amama and Museveni

All duly nominated presidential candidates in the 2016 general elections will receive Shs 50m each, if a proposal by government to amend the laws is approved by Parliament.

The proposal, which is contained in the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2015 presented to Parliament by government today, seeks to amend Section 22 of the current Act, to revise facilitation provided by the Electoral Commission, currently at Shs 20m.

All presidential aspirants will also be compelled to pay a nomination fee of Shs 20m, up from Shs 8m, if amendments to Section 10 (6) (b) of the Act are to be revised.

It also seeks to remove the requirement for a presidential candidate to campaign in each of the 112 districts.

Clause 3 seeks to provide for the Electoral Commission to fix fresh nomination days where a candidate dies after nomination but before polling day.

Clause 4 of the Parliamentary Elections amendment Bill seeks to change the time for close of polling from 5pm to 4pm.

The justification to change the time for close of polling from 5pm to 4pm, is to give the EC additional time to count and tally votes.

The requirement for polling officials to dip the thumb of a person who has cast a ballot into indelible ink to indicate that the person has voted, will also be revised, according to clause 5 of the bill.

Clause 2 of the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill seeks to revise the nomination fees for an MP from Shs 200,000 to Shs 1m.

The justification for increase of nomination fees for both the presidential and MP aspirants is to reflect the changes in the economy.

The bill was tabled by the Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.

The Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who had called the special session gave the Committee on legal and parliamentary affairs up to Friday to report on these bills.

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