By Our Reporter
The Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit has agreed to fast track the implementation of proposed Public Order Management Act (POMA) regulations that were proposed by the IPOD council a while back.
The regulations are likely to be passed two months from now and will be studied by the National Security Council team.
In the same matter, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda who is also the chairperson of the National Consultative Forum will consult with IPOD to finalize the conduct of political parties.
The summit also unanimously agreed to allocate 35 billion shillings towards financing political parties in parliament.
Effective FY 2019/2020, the leaders resolved, this money will be paid towards meeting the operational costs of these entities.
Public finance to political parties has previously been a paltry 10 billion shillings.
While delivering a joint communiqué yesterday night, Hon. Norbert Mao the Democratic Party president and summit chairperson said a formula on how to share the money has been set up.
He said all parties with parliamentary representation will receive an equal share for the day to day running of party headquarters and branches while 15% of these funds shall be set aside for the IPOD secretariat.
The summit was attended by Hon. Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party (DP), President Yoweri Museveni the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman, Hon. Jimmy Akena the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) president and Hon. Mohammed Kibirige Mayanja who represented Asuman Basaliirwa.
The summit also accepted the draft bill on regulation of independent candidates in a multi-party setting.
Part of this bill demands that individuals seeking to run as independents should resign publicly from their mother parties a year before elections.
The summit heads also called for the recognition of party heads with parliamentary representation.
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