The Electoral Commission (EC) has roundly rejected claims that plans to acquire new office premises have been delayed due to internal fights.
Some media reports indicated that fights between members of the Commission and management had sabotaged EC’s plans to shift from the current office headquarters at Jinja road to new premises.
However, Electoral Commission’s Ag Secretary Mulekwah Leonard has debunked such claims and said the institution is only waiting on funds in the forthcoming budget to complete the relocation process.
He said the allegations are thus speculative and maliciously designed to tarnish the name of the institution and the reputation of its officials.
In a press release dated 27th May 2021, Mulekwah clarified that the Ministry of Finance has indicated that they will provide funds in the forthcoming Budget for Financial Year 2021/22 , towards the purchase of the property to house the commission permanently.
“Please note that the reading of the Budget is scheduled for mid-June 2021. The said funds, as expected to be appropriated by Parliament, will be probably availed by the Ministry in the First Quarter of the Financial Year 2021/22” EC’s release reads in part.
Mulekwah says, once the funds are availed, the procurement process will then proceed under prescribed procurement procedures.
“The Electoral Commission wishes to assure all the stakeholders that the process of acquiring the new office premises will follow the prescribed procurement procedures and hence will be conducted in a transparent manner”- Mulekwah said.