While the electoral commission recently released their work plan for the 2021 general elections, they are in a financial mess which now is threatening the orderliness of the upcoming important elections.
The Electoral Commission has told a parliament committee that they are unsure how they will run the upcoming Presidential elections. They are now pleading with the government to release money which among others will help in the printing of ballot papers.
While appearing at Parliament on Thursday to present a budget framework paper to the Legal Committee, the EC top managers led by Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama and his secretary Sam Rwakojo pleaded with legislators so that money is allocated in time.
“Unfunded priorities include printing of ballot papers, dispatch of polling kits, welfare for polling day officials, field supervision of polling activities and payment to polling day officials during presidential, parliamentary and local government elections,” Byabakama said.
In the last financial year, the government released only 140 billion shillings out of 439 billion, which crippled the commission’s work.
“If this budget shortfall is not addressed, it may adversely affect the smooth conduct of elections. The Commission, therefore, calls for your urgent intervention in order to avert this crisis,” Byabakama warned.
“There is no money to print ballot papers for the general elections and all elections. We need money to print ballot papers.” He added.