6.29b unspent on the halted LC elections, over 908m is the budget for the two by elections

By Ronald Kabuye
Only 6.26 billion shillings is the only unspent money out of the 15.9 budget for the local Council and women Council elections that were halted by court.
According to the electoral commission secretary Sam Rwakojo the available money include that of staff of the commission who handled the process across the country before the process was halted.
He attributed the delay in paying to their staff, to government change in the methodology of payment to channeling the money via mobile money.
Rwakojo said its a vigorous process to verify the telephone numbers of those that handled the process since some submitted their relatives, parents or friends numbers in addition to apportioning days they worked for.
On negotiations with those that took the commission to court over the same election, Rwakojo said they are progressing well and the process hasn’t costed them any cent.
Once the process is nullified by court then the commission will have to be allocated a supplementary budget to handle the process again.

Meanwhile the commission deputy chairperson hajati Aisha M. Lubega Basajjanaku announced the by election for the Ruhama county constituency member of parliament which fall vacant after the death of Hon. William Beijukye Zinkuratiire and the by elections for local government councils in the same constituency in ntungamo district.
The elections that will cost the commission 599 millions shillings will be held on 9th and 11th January 2018 for special interest groups, MP and local government councils respectively.
In the same way six candidates were nominated for Igara east legislative seat which fall vacant after the incumbent Andrew Martial NRM who is also among the nominees was ousted by court.
Others that were nominated include Armstrong David, kananura Bedads, Katana Benjamin Kagiremire, Mawanda Michael Maranga all independents and Ninsiima Christine Bekunika who is on FDC ticket.
The by elections which will cost the commission 309 millions is to be held on the 14th of December.

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