The National Symposium on Commercialisation of Politics and Electoral Processes was the first high level forum inUganda and probably East African region,to debate and awaken critical thinking on commercialization of politics and electoral processes –a vice that continues to viciously bedevilelectoral integrity in the county.
The symposium was organized by Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a coalition of NGOs that are championing the agenda on campaign finance reforms in Uganda. The symposium was birthed out of the need to have an informed discourse about money in politics and electoral processes, and generate consensus of feasible reforms.
The main objective of the symposium was to get commercialization of politics and electoral processes on the national agenda. Specifically the symposium was organized to:
a)Interrogate the causes, trends and effects of monetisation of politics and electoral processes on political participation and national development.
b)Scrutinise the manner in which election campaigns and political parties are financed, and its effects on the quality of Uganda’s democracy.c)Assess the effectiveness to current legal framework in terms of financing electoral campaigns and political parties; and explore areas for reform.