Alliance for Campaign Finance & Monitoring (ACFIM) has called upon the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to immediately come up with an account on why they have consistently unheeded to appropriating funds to finance political parties in
Today,9th October 2020 Uganda celebrates her 58th anniversary of self –rule. The day the union jack was lowered and the Ugandan flag raised, and the instruments of power handed over to Ugandans. Celebrations, ululations filled the atmosphere as the coalition based
Mystery surrounds the National Resistance Movement (NRM) sources of funds and her exorbitant spending. Ahead of the 2020/2021 general elections, NRM has already begun her spending spree with procurement of over 68,000 Bicycles for the Local Council one chairpersons
The NRM primaries that transpired early this month were marred with astronomical sums of money spent by candidates triggering violence in most constituencies across the country. It was clearly observed that some candidates took part in door to door voter bribery
After glancing at what happened during the National Resistance Movement party primary elections, a picture of what can be termed as a “strange democracy” came to my mind. The election was characterized by spending of colossal amounts of money on bribing of
Media for the last two weeks has been awash with what transpired in the NRM primaries for Members of Parliament. Justifiably so, the violence and excessive voter bribery that characterized the NRM primaries raise concerns over what we should expect in the general elections.
Preliminary analysis from ACFIM campaign finance Database reveals that candidates for the National Resistance Movement(NRM) Party primary elections for Member of Parliament flag bearers that were conducted on September 4th , 2020, spent on average UGX 300 million
This was the first e-Symposium of its kind on the subject of money in politics in Africa. But on the calendar of Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), it was ACFIM’s third Annual Symposium on the subject, the previous two having taken place in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Being virtual came with the advantage of it being watched by a wide audience across the African continent and beyond via zoom, on YouTube and Facebook.
Competitive elections based on multiparty political dispensation have become institutionalized in many African countries. A review of the election calendar for the next two years reveals that a total of 30 African countries will hold elections in the next two years namely 15 countries in 2019 and the same number of countries in 2020. The downside is that electoral politics is increasingly being perceived as a business, and because of this, political parties and candidates have been observed to stake huge sums of money to get elected.
This report highlights the major incidences of voter bribery and extent of campaign spending as monitored and reported by activists that were deployed for Kagoma County Member of Parliament by-election campaigns. It further presents the findings of the expansive Anti-Vote Buying and Selling campaign that targeted the behavior, attitudes as well as actions of political candidates and voters in the by-election.