Civil Society, Gov't Disagree on LC I Polls

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General Mugisha Muntu, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party president, asked government to stop complaining about lack of fund, but look for the resources to finance the polls.

Opposition political party leaders and Civil Society activists have questioned the failure of government to provide sufficient funds for Local Council one elections. They say it unbelievable that government isn't ready for the polls, which have been pending since 2001.
 
Although Electoral Commission is yet to set a definite date for the LC 1 polls, parliament has directed that the election should be held not later than March 15th 2017. In June 2015, parliament endorsed the 2014 Local Government Amendment bill upholding a contentious proposal of lining up to cut cost, a thing pro-democracy activists are opposed too.

It came after government failed to raise the Shillings 505 billion requested by Electoral Commission to conduct the LC 1 polls by secret ballot.  Government has since committed to provide Shillings 15 billion for voting by lining. Speaking during a dialogue on the LC 1 elections at Protea Hotel on Friday, Norbert Mao, the Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party president, said the polls can go on successfully even without money.
 
Mao said residents in different districts can be mobilized to vote with just an Electoral Officer. He said it is not good for Electoral Commission officers to waste money on hotels and allowances and claim they cannot hold the elections. "Electoral Commission Officers would want to hold elections in Pader, but sleep in Acholi Inn in Gulu, this is why the budget is so much," he said.
 
Ronald Mulekwa, an officer with Electoral Commission, said the available resources can only allow voting by lining up behind the candidates. Jennifer Namuyangu, the Local Government Minister, defended voting by lining up behind the candidates, saying government can't afford the resources of voting by secret ballot.
 
However, Dr Miria Matembe, the founder of the Centre for Women in Power, argued that government wouldn't be complaining about costs of the polls it valued democracy and the election process at large.

She said it was unfair for government to complaint about lack of funds to conduct the secret ballot yet the same government recently dished out money to its officers in the form of the presidential handshake.

General Mugisha Muntu, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party president, asked government to stop complaining about lack of fund, but look for the resources to finance the polls.
 
He said there are many people in the regime who only care about their survival as opposed to the growth and survival of the nation as a whole, which can be done through successful elections.