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Parliament orders electoral Commission to collect its 300 million judgment debts within 60 days

The Parliament of Uganda has ordered the Electoral Commission to collect its judgment debts of about 300 million shillings from the people against whom the EC won Election Petitions.

Uganda Electoral Commision Chairman, Eng. Badru Kiggundu

Uganda Electoral Commision Chairman, Eng. Badru Kiggundu

MPs are concerned that though the Electoral Commission has been quick to pay judgments debts to people that win court cases against it, it however has exhibited reluctance in collecting debts from the people against whom it wins cases.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, Nandala Mafabi has told the Electoral Commission that the committee issues an ultimatum of 60 days within which the Electoral Commission should have collected or else the committee will take a disciplinary action against the commission for  failure to adhere to such an instruction.

Mafabi says the EC should also produce the names of those people who have not cleared these judgment debts after they lost petitions to the Electoral Commission.

The committee has also recommended that that the Electoral Commission should also always ensure that it quickly files its claims for damages after winning cases against the various people such that the EC can quickly recover the money some of the money it spends on these cases in the Courts of Law.

By Zacharia Tiberindwa, Ultimate Media

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