The Electoral Commission (EC) has warned of an increased burden to tax payers arising from the proposed electoral reforms by the government.
EC Public Relations officer Jotham Taremwa said the proposed reforms are likely to come with financial and legal implications that will complicate the electoral process.
“These reforms are likely to come with serious implications especially financial ones meaning that we shall need more money than earlier budgeted. But that will not be our fault. When that happens, staffer’s specialized training, engagement with the various stakeholders, initiating the procurement process for some electoral materials, technological reforms to improve electoral services as well as participating in the multi-sectoral initiative to establish a national register in the build up to issue national Identity cards to Ugandans.
This week, the EC embarked on the process of displaying voters’ register. This will be followed by holding of nominations for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local government Councils.
The Attorney General Fred Ruhindi said this week that the draft reforms will be tabled in Parliament next month.
But many in the opposition say the time left to debate the more than 100 reforms and be able to have agreement on all of them before it is too late.