Parliament yesterday evening voted for changes in two electoral laws Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015, increasing the fee paid by presidential aspirants from Shs.8M to Shs.20M and from UGx 200,000 to UGx 3M for Parliamentary candidates.
Legislators also heeded to the proposal by Hon. Odonga Otto to give zero shillings to any presidential aspirants quashing government proposal to increase the fee from 20M to 50M.
Obongi County Legislator Hon Kaps Hassan Fungaroo had suggestion that the money to be given to any presidential aspirants be doubled from the proposed UGX50M to UGx100M did not go beyond his wish.
Legislators rejected Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu’s suggestion that a presidential aspirants money be refunded (20M) if they get 5% of the votes.
Parliament also rejected Nandala Mafabi’s proposal to delete clause which proposes increase of nomination fees for presidential aspirants from 8M to 20M.
Memmbers of parliament agreed to remove requirement for a presidential candidate to campaign in every district of Uganda after scrapping government contribution to them. Tororo Municipality MP Tanna Sanjay had that the demand of “a presidential candidate moving from district to district is a form of accountability for the UGX50M.”
During the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill debate, Legislators rejected Odonga Otto’s suggestion that Parliamentary candidates aspirants should pay a nomination fee UGx 10M which would be refundable.
The changes were contained in Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015 tabled before parliament recently. However, debate on the last bill is still in progress.