PUTTING A LASTING FOOTPRINT ON BUILDING THE INTEGRITY OF POLITICAL FINANCE SYSTEMS

2019 was a watershed year for ACFIM in terms of deepening public awareness on commercialized electoral politics as an impediment to Uganda’s democratization process, and scaling-up the engagement of relevant government institutions and legislators on campaign finance legislation. ACFIM has contributed significantly towards building a body of knowledge on political financing through research publications. ACFIM has more boots on the ground than before.

COMMERCIALISED POLITICS AND CAPTIVITY OF STATE INSTITUTIONS IN UGANDA

The return to multiparty political dispensation in 2005, increased political competition, turning elections into a do-or-die affair. Electoral Politics has been commercialized amidst underlying corruption the result of which has largely manifested in form of functionally hollowing out state institutions by the political and economic elite. Electoral integrity is being sacrificed at the altar of political and economic survival.

CAMPAIGN SPENDING FOR NEBBI DISTRICT COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON BY-ELECTION

The Electoral Commission accredited four (4) campaign finance experts from Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) to carry out observation for the By-election of Nebbi District Chairperson. Upon accreditation, ACFIM was given the Guidelines for the Accredited Election Observer(s). Section 4 of these Guidelines defines the role of Accredited Persons/Institutions and scope. Specifically, section 4(c) requires accredited persons/institutions to among other things…

EXTENDED STUDY ON CAMPAIGN FINANCING FOR PRESIDENTIAL AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT RACES

The study was conducted in 16 districts across Uganda and focused on both the
money spent by candidates at the constituency level as well as the use of the
national budget by the incumbent government during campaigns. Primary data was
collected at both constituency level and national level and entered into a centralized
database where the data was then cleaned and analysed. All expenditures reported
are statistically significant at the 95 per cent confidence level.

CURBING VOTE BUYING IN UGANDA : A VILLAGE BASED STUDY COVERING 52 DISTRICTS

The project took the form of a randomised trial where we had villages that we treated and villages that we controlled. It was implemented in 1,426 randomly selected villages spread out in 52 districts across Uganda targeting 104,992 households during in the months of January to February 2016 3 . ACFIM/TIU were accredited by the Electoral Commission in April 2015 to conduct voter education for the 2015/2016 General Elections. Our approach was to mitigate vote-buying.