A cross section of leaders of political parties and organisations have mixed reactions to provisions in a bill to regulate election campaign financing. The bill has been drafted by activists led by Alliance for Finance Monitoring-ACFIM and is expected to be moved in parliament by Fort Portal Municipality MP, Alex Ruhunda.
A cross section of leaders of political parties and organisations
have mixed reactions to provisions in a bill to regulate election
The bill has been
drafted by activists led by Alliance for Finance Monitoring - ACFIM and
is expected to be moved in parliament by Fort Portal Municipality MP
The leaders were on Monday reacting to proposed
provisions in the Election Campaign Financing Bill, 2017 during a
meeting held by ACFIM with the National Consultative Forum.
Forum is composed of representatives from all the currently 29
registered parties and organisations. The forum provided for in the
1995 Uganda Constitution and the Political Parties and Organisations
Act, 2005 is expected to promote peaceful co-existence through
mediation, dialogue and conflict resolution to promote democracy in
ACFIM Counsel, Robert Okot presented some of the
provisions of the bill, premised on grounds that the current electoral
laws and proposed reforms for the Electoral Commission, political
parties and organisations, presidential, parliamentary and local
governments do not adequately regulate and limit donations to political
parties or candidates participating in the process.
He says that
the bill thereby, proposes to regulate, manage expenditure and
accountability of election campaign funds during elections, to restrict
contributions and expenditures, to require campaign financial statements
and reports. The bill also seeks to regulate acceptance of certain
gifts, payments and reimbursements and to regulate anonymous
Okot however says that the regulation will only
work if there is will to implement the law along side other measures to
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bill is based on previous findings on monies candidates spent during
the electoral cycle, especially MPs. For instance, ACFIM's survey
showed that 113 of 185 MPs interviewed spent over a total of shillings
25 billion in 2016.
ACFIM has also predicted that contestants
for parliamentary seats in 2021 could spend up to shillings 48 billion,
double the amount spent in 2016.
Now, leaders led by the deputy
attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana had mixed reactions on the bill.
Rukutana, who also represented the Prime Minister-Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda as
the Forum chairperson, noted that there is need to regulate campaign
financing and that his office will offer the necessary support to the
movers of the bill and ensure that it is brought to parliament.
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Rukutana says that it will still be difficult to deter " conspiring
candidates and the demanding voting population" and that the best
solution is to empower voters by eliminating poverty among other
measures to curb commercialization of politics.
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General of the Democratic Party-Dr.Gerald Siranda also urged fellow
leaders to support the bill by suggesting ways to improve the bill.
remarks stemmed from views of some of the leaders led by the Secretary
General of Peoples Development Party, Carol Atugonza, who said that the
bill favours the ruling party-National Resistance Movement Organisation -
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the Secretary General of the Social Democrats Party, Henry Lubowa,
Chairman General of the Congress Service Volunteers Organisation
-COSEVO, Zakaria Bisase and stella Nambuya , Secretary General of the
Republican Women and Youth Party agree that the bill needs to be
improved so that it among others provide for equal funding for all
political parties and organisations.
Nambuya says the bill should not favour "buffaloes" and squeeze the "squirrels" involved in elections.
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Executive Director, Henry Muguzi says that the mixed reactions from the
leaders indicate that there is need to engage them more on the need for
election financing regulation.
The meeting has now resolved
that ACFIM should write to the Secretary Generals for the parties and
organisations and also hold a meeting in a month after NCF members have
consulted their party and organisation members on the proposed bill.