Government institutions involved in the implementation of the 2021 general elections related activities will spend more than Shs 1.073 trillion, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has announced.
According to the pre-election economic and fiscal update report released by the Ministry, the various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) involved in preparation and conduct of the general election for the electoral roadmap from financial year 2019/2020 to financial year 2021/2022 required Shs 1.255 trillion.
The biggest beneficiary is the Electoral Commission (EC) which was allocated more than Shs 772.24 billion, the report signed by Moses Kaggwa, the acting director of Economic Affairs, indicates.
The breakdown further indicates that more than Shs 224.2 billion was budgeted and released for election related activities in financial year 2019/2020 while in the current financial year 2020/2021, more than Shs 849.17 billion was budgeted bringing the total to about Shs 1.1 trillion.
Of this, more than Shs 768.42 billion has already been released to the various MDAs involved in election activities.
The Public Finance Management Act requires the Minister of Finance to publish a pre-election economic and fiscal update not earlier than four months before the polling day for a general election.
The update details all the election related spending including the expenses of the Electoral Commission for the cost of the general election and any other expenses of a vote related to the election.
“All MDAs involved in the electoral process were allocated funds as requested in financial year 2019/2020 and financial year 2020/2021. This is with exception of Uganda Police Force whose budget was cut by Parliament by Shs 67.1 billion, and the EC which programmed to receive some of the funds in financial year 2021/2022 to cover post-election costs,” the report shows.
The Ministry of Finance reveals that as of November 2020, over Shs 456.8 billion had been spent on elections-related activities and the bulk of this amount – more than Shs 274.1billion was spent by the EC followed by the Uganda Police Force with Shs 154.79 billion.
The other entities that have spent funds include Ministry of Internal Affairs (Shs 1.82 billion), National Citizenship and Immigration Control (NCIC) – Shs 1.9 billion, Uganda Prisons Service (Shs 11.35 billion), National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) – Shs 12.2 billion and the Department of Government Analytical Laboratory (DGAL) – Shs 670 million.