Lack of government funding has put this year’s national elections at stake. The Electoral Commission on Friday warned its planned voter registration field work, scheduled to start January 27, may now not possible due to lack of funding. “It is very important the Commission has an assurance from the Government that sufficient funding will be committed for the entire operation,” chairman of the Electoral Commissioner Sir Allan Kemakeza said on Friday. “We do not want to be in a position where we are forced to stop mid-way through the process because this will cause widespread confusion for the public,” he added.
“It will result in an increase in overall costs; and it will cause us significant operational difficulties.”
Acting Chief Electoral Officer Alphonsus Pero said they are working with the Ministry of Finance to try to secure the necessary funding so they can get the process underway.
Full Article: No funds for voter registration.