Political parties to miss government funding in FY 2018/2019

Main  Political Parties with members of parliament  to  miss government funding  their activities as no money has been availed in the budget of the financial year  2018/2019 .

The revelation was made by Simon Byabakama, the Chairman of Electoral Commission while appearing before the Committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to present the Commission’s budget.

Government provided 10Billion shillings  in 2017/2018 for political parties and organisations with representation in government, but only 7.50Billionshillings was released and no provision has been made for the financial year 2018/2019 budget.

Byabakama told the Committee that Government has been providing funds in the Financial Years 10 billion shillings for the financial year 2014/2015 15 billion shillings for  2015/2016 and 10 million for 2017/2018, however, during the budget preparations for 2018/2019 no provision for this purpose was made.

The Commission also revealed that although Shs10Billion was approved for 2017/2018 budget, the Ministry of Finance only released Shs7Billion.

In a related development, the Commission is also in need of 16 Billion shillings that will be used for conducting elections and operationalizing of new districts.

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