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EC seeks Shs 263bn for referendum on presidential term extension

The government has not provided funding for a referendum on the extension of the presidential term of office from the current five to seven years.

At least Shs 263 billion is required by the Electoral Commission to conduct the referendum in the financial year 2018/2019. The need for a referendum arose out of constitutional amendments that were approved by parliament in December 2017. 

EC chairperson Simon Byabakama

They included the extension of the term of office for all elective positions from five to seven years and lifting the cap on the presidential age. Although the decision was finalised for legislators and local government leaders, the extension of the presidential term, requires approval from the rest of the population. President Yoweri Museveni assented to the Act days after it had been passed by the 10th parliament.

But, despite the ongoing Constitutional court battle in Mbale challenging the amendments, the Electoral Commission is seeking an allocation of Shs 263.4 billion for a possible referendum.

EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of parliament that the money is not catered for in the next financial year's budget. Byabakama had appeared to present the commission's budget for the coming financial year 2018/2019.
According to the Electoral Commission, the required money will enable them fund activities such as printing ballot papers and sensitizing voters among other electoral activities.

A referendum is provided for under Article 225(1) of the Constitution, which directs that parliament shall by law make provisions for the right of citizens to demand the holding by the Electoral Commission of a referendum, whether national or in any particular part of Uganda, on any issue.

Meanwhile, besides the funds sought to prepare for the referendum, the Electoral Commission also seeks another Shs 13.39 billion to conduct general election activities ahead of the next general elections.

"It was earlier approved that the Commission conducts its general election activities in a phased manner in 3 financial years. The first phases of demarcation of electoral areas and re-organization of polling stations should start in the financial year 2018/2019. This will not be achieved without the provision of funds." said Byabakama.


+4 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-04-17 11:19
Oh God of all power and grace, lay your hand of mercy upon this country, it is now evident that we are moving from glory to grass.

Imagine a whooping Shs.263 billion for a mere referendum in the financial year 2018/2019 and guess what, our MPs will approve this money.

is a referendum a priory, who needs this referendum, who does it benefit. Imagine our brothers and sister in northern Uganda are struggling with nodding disease and we are told that there is no money.
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+2 #2 kelem 2018-04-17 14:01
The guy is so power hungry that he will impoverish the nation to remain in power at whatever cost.

May you be called home soon !!!
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+2 #3 Lakwena 2018-04-17 14:10
In other words, Ugandans have to forgo this much in order satisfy the insatiable greed of one one, Mr. M7.

God where are you to save us from this heartless monster?

And where is Rt. Bishop Niringiye who in 2016, asked you to take away Mr. M7?
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+2 #4 Jama 2018-04-17 14:19
All these billions for the interest of one man, his family, tribesmen and all those opportunists hanging around him.

Where are we heading to?How many hospitals, schools and sports inftactures can we get out of this money?

How many tractors? How many locomotives?

They destroyed UTC ,Uganda railways, Uganda airlines and several national companies.

The have looted this nation for more than 30yrs.The wealth they have accumulated is not enough ,they want to continue looting.

This referendum affairs is simply a way of masking the gun,they have always pointed at Ugandans like the sword of Damocles.

Its this gun which brought them where they are and kept them there for more than 3 decades. Was it not written somewhere ;whoever kills with a sword shall perish by it.
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+2 #5 ainembabazi 2018-04-17 14:29
There shall be no rufurwendemu, but presidential elections will be held in 2023 as per the current law.

The president will rig his way to state house, the CJ will confirm his reelection as the rigging shall be proven insubstantial. Just keep watching this space.
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+1 #6 amen 2018-04-17 15:58
A referendum! and for such large sums of money!?

Yet the conclusions I would dare say are already predetermined.

see the reasons why our country will not progress, and we shall still keep quiet and let happen.....

we are doomed for the deception is mutating and spilling to their ilk, so the cycle, if not checked, will degenerate into open political theft, punctuated by well crafted regular elections.

RAMSE where are you to sensitive your folk that we are in an open dictatorship?
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+3 #7 Phalanch 2018-04-18 00:43
For all we care about , if this is paid for him to die so we never ever seen his face again and cut curse.
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