IPOD asks Shs35bn budget, restrains independent candidates

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Museveni and Akena at the IPOD summit.

The second Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue – IPOD summit sitting at Protea hotel in Entebbe on Monday recommended an increase in funding to political parties.

According to a statement released by Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM Senior Manager-Information, Communication & Public Relations, the parties asked that government increases funding from the current UGX 10bn to UGX 35bn in a Financial Year.

All Parties in Parliament will get an equal share for running offices with 15% for IPOD Secretariat and the remaining be shared on numeric strength.

Public funding to Political Parties in the opposition will be distributed according to numbers as opposed to the current status.

The amount going to the Leader of Opposition will be allocated 40% equally and 60% committed basing on numeric strength.

Public Order Management Act (POMA)

IPOD members proposed regulations should be studied by the National Security Council and give feedback to IPOD in two months.

Museveni takes notes as Akena looks on

The summit appreciated the steps taken by government and called for continued periodical interface between government and IPOD on the implementation of POMA.

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda will consult with IPOD on finalisation of the code of conduct for Political Actors currently under the Attorney General [AG]’s office.

The IPOD Council will come up with a framework of engagements with other stakeholders including the security agencies.

NRM Party Leaders Secretary General Justine Lumumba, Leader of Gov’t Business Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija at the summit

Independent Political Actors

IPOD recommended certified resignation of individuals from a political party 12 months prior to General Elections and that once elections are lost in the Party Primaries, such an individual shall not take part in the general elections.

Electoral Reforms

Candidates sponsored by Parties shall not be required to collect signatures from Electoral areas.

Museveni and Akena at the IPOD summit.

A review of nomination fees will be made for affordable and inclusive participation.

Newly created Constituencies or administrative units shall only hold elections in a specified period between May and July or in the next election cycle.

Election petitions at Parliamentary level will be handled conclusively within a year after elections to avoid unnecessary delays.

Institutionalisation of IPOD

IPOD will be taken through the necessary processes of formal legal recognition including registration.

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