Regional Disparities in Spending on Voter Inducement

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Regional Disparities in Spending on Voter Inducement

Political Candidates in Western and central Uganda are spending comparatively more on voters’ social services and livelihood enhancement than their counterparts in northern and eastern regions of Uganda. ACFIM monitors in western Uganda report that candidates are spending on opening up and grading community roads, digging bore holes, as well ensuring that the national grid for electricity and piped water is extended to the communities.

Others include establishment and facilitation of economic enhancement schemes like Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCO) and Village savings and loan associations (VSLA) for women, men and youths. On the other hand, reports from northern and eastern regions of Uganda indicate that candidates are spending more on provision of personal benefit services such as payment of school fees, medical bills, and contributions to funeral expenses among others.

However, provision of ambulances cuts across regions, although the candidates in central and western Uganda have also gone ahead to spend on procurement of community commuter buses and water tank trucks for the urban electorate.

This reveals a disparity in the demographic profile of the voters and socio-economic welfare of the citizenry across the regions. The discrepancies also point out the higher level of service satisfaction in the western and central axis as opposed to low level in northern and eastern Uganda.

This may further imply that the population is gradually shifting from physiological and safety needs to investment in resources that benefit community in unison. Investing in high value common use services has escalated the cost of politics in central and
western regions of Uganda.
A poor electorate in more vulnerable to voter inducement and bribery which compromise the quality and integrity of electoral results. Could it be high time to think Uganda’s political and electoral challenges need social service provision solutions?

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