The Electoral Commission has set new fees for presidential and parliamentary aspirants. This move follows the recent amendments made to the Presidential Elections Act.
Addressing journalists at the EC headquarters in Kampala, the Chairperson Eng Badru Kiggundu revealed that presidential aspirants will now have to pay Shs20 million, up from Shs 8 million, while fees for those aspiring for Parliamentary seats will have to pay Ush 8 million, up from Shs 200,000.
“The presidential aspirants who had already made a payment of shs 8,000,000 are advised to pay the balance of the fees before nomination days,” announced Kiggundu.
He announced other amendments to the Elections Act which included the scraping of a requirement that entailed a presidential candidate campaigning in every district. The EC chairperson also disclosed that the Commission would not facilitate presidential candidates in next year’s elections. In the previous elections, presidential candidates were each given Shs20 million, a vehicle and security to help in the campaigns.
Also adjusted were the voting hours, which were changed from 5pm to 4pm.
In another development the Electoral Commission has extended the nomination dates for presidential candidates. EC boss Eng. Badru Kiggundu says this was caused by the recent amendments to the electoral laws.
“The Electoral Commission found it necessary and took a decision to extend the dates for the nomination of candidates for the 2016 presidential elections,” he noted.
Nominations which were supposed to be held on 5 and 6 October will now be held on 3 and 4 November. EC has set Mandela National Stadium in Wakiso district as the venue where the nominations will be conducted.
“The extension will among other others enable EC and aspiring candidates to fully comply with the provisions of the amended electoral laws,” stressed the EC chairperson.
The nomination exercise will commence at 10 in the morning and close at 4 on both dates. After the inspection of nomination papers and harmonization of campaign programmes, the candidates will start their campaigns on November 9 to February 10 although EC has not set the polling date for the Presidential Elections.
The Commission also extended submission of lists of supporters by aspiring candidates, and the exercise will end on October 23.
“Therefore, aspiring candidates should ensure that they comply with the (nomination) requirements so that their nomination is successful,” Kiggundu implored.