Parliament sets presidential candidates fees at Shs20m


Parliament has Wednesday evening passed the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2015.

In a plenary session chaired by deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, Parliament resolved that presidential candidates to pay Shs 20m up from Shs 8m to reduce the number of jokers who seek the presidency.

Opposition MPs including Ken Lukyamuzi disagreed with the increment of presidential candidates nomination fee to Shs 20m as recommend by the committee on legal.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, suggested that if a presidential aspirants gets 5% of the votes should have his money refunded.

The suggestion was rejected by Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, and the house unanimously.

The committee also recommended that Parliament rejects the proposed amendment to change the time for close of polling from 5pm to 4pm.

Parliament then adopted the legal committee proposal to increase a Parliamentary candidate nomination fees from Shs 200,000 to Shs 3m.

Parliament also adopted Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto’s suggestion that the electoral commission should not give presidential candidates any money to use in campaign like it has always been.

Voting time will start from 7am to 4pm; parliament rejected the legal committee’s proposal to maintain closing time at 5pm.

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