Activists Back Proposed Election Campaign Finance Bill

By George Busiinge 

Activists and local leaders in Hoima district have backed the proposed Election Campaign Finance Bill which seeks to regulate the use of huge sums of money during political campaigns. 

The campaign which is spearheaded by Action for Finance Monitoring, a coalition of 16 civil society organizations that seeks to promote a transparent and accountable political financing process has already drafted a petition paper which they want to hand over to the speaker of parliament soon. 

Over 50 local leaders on Thursday evening appended their signatures on the petition which they described as a reliever aimed at leveling the political ground for all. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district secretary for health and education told a stakeholders dialogue held on Thursday at Glory Summit Hotel that the bill is long overdue because monetization of politics has fueled poor service delivery in the country. 

He said some leaders are no longer accountable to their voters because they compromise them with money. Henry Muguzi, the Executive Director Alliance for Election Finance Monitoring said the proposed private members bill is expected to be presented on the floor of Uganda’s parliament soon. 

 

 

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