The Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama has said commercialization of politics has not only distorted democracy in the country but also blocked capable leaders from contesting.
Justice Byabakama made the remarks during the launch of EC gender strategy on Wednesday in Kampala.
“In this country there is this argument that because our politics has been so commercialised, it therefore means that if you do not have the money even if you have the required competencies to lead, you cannot participate.”
On the other hand, Kigozi Sebaggala, a commissioner at the EC said there’s a need for government to increase nomination fees for the candidates since it will bring on board potential leaders.
“If you want the President to be nominated at Shs5 million, then what kind of President are we going to get? I think it should be raised from Shs20 million to Shs100 million for President, MPs from Shs3 million to Shs10 million,” he said.
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