The Electoral Commission has asked Parliament to provide an additional Shs80 billion for them to conduct Local Council elections and Women Council elections.
The EC says the term of Women councilors expired in 2022 and the Local Council elections due for July 2023.
The money is part of the Shs542 billion the electoral body tabled before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, to cater for activities that are either underfunded or not funded, as per the approved budget estimates of the 2023/2024 financial year.
“The term of office for Local Councils I and II will expire on 14th July 2023. The Commission has planned to conduct the elections in the 2023/2024 financial year but no appropriation was made in the budget,” said EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama.
He said that failure to conduct the elections has legal and administrative implications, and asked Parliament to appropriate an additional Shs60.88 billion.
The EC Secretary, Leonard Mulekwah, asked Parliament to further provide Shs7.29 billion to operationalize electoral offices and stores in the 10 newly created cities and Terego district, also left out in the approved budget estimates.
“The EC is required to operationalize electoral offices in those new creations by recruiting a district election administrator, assistant district election administrator, secretary and driver for each electoral district,” said Mulekwah.
The committee chairperson, Robina Rwakoojo said the Women Councils’ election were critical since they form part of the Parish Development Model teams.