July 25, 2013

MPs Want Nomination Fees Increased

Members of parliament have agreed to a proposal by Ajuri county MP Hamson Obua to revise electoral commission nomination fees upwards from the current 200,000 shillings.

Obua presented this proposal when the legal and parliamentary affairs committee was meeting the electoral commission where he said that 200,000 shillings is too little for a legible MP to part with.

EC Chief Eng. Badru Kigundu welcomed the idea
EC Chief Eng. Badru Kigundu welcomed the idea suggested by the MPs

Obua argued that with the required qualification of senior six certificate or its equivalent, almost all adult Ugandans will be seeking nomination something he says increases costs of carrying out elections.

Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu welcomed the idea saying that it would reduce on the cost of ballot papers and makes the whole election process expensive.

He asked MPs to consider the idea and pass a law allowing the commission to increase the fees adding that he will also discuss it with his commissioners.

But Obua says it doesn’t need a law from parliament saying that the commission has the authority to increase the fees without consulting parliament.

Other MPs welcomed the idea saying that it would be a good way of generating more revenue. They argue that it will also reduce the congestion on elective positions and will probably usher in leaders of substance.

Kaberamaido MP Kenneth Omona said that it is increasing the nomination fees will even make the electoral commission less dependent on funds from government and fund some of its activities.

Bunya East MP Waira Majegere also said that the idea is fair because any individual who expects to be elected as MP should be able to afford the costs and should contribute to revenue to benefit the people he intends to lead.

Members of Parliament candidates pay 200,000 shillings to the Electoral commission to be nominated to stand.

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