Electoral Commission has petitioned the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya to support its request for a staff pay rise following parliamentary Budget Committee endorsement to the same effect.
Once approved, the increase will push the EC wage bill from Shillings 8 billion to 41 billion however the matter hangs in balance since the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija says there is no money.
This morning, the EC Chairperson, and his team met the Deputy Speaker to make a case for the pay rise, saying this will boost their independence and improve efficiency a challenge they have undergone for over a decade.
Byabakama also argued that for EC staff to work efficiently, they need to be paid well, saying some politicians have lots of money and can easily compromise the staff.
Once approved, the EC Chairperson will pocket 21.1 million shillings each month compared to the Shillings 8.4 million he currently earns while his deputy will pocket 20.3 million and each Commissioner will rise from 8mshs to 20.3 million shillings.
The EC Secretary will get Shillings 15.4 million up from Shillings 5.1m, directors Shillings 12 million from Shillings 4.1M and departmental heads Shillings 10 million up from Shillings 2.1million. The least paid employee will get Shillings 1.7M up from Shillings 355, 764.