PUTTING A LASTING FOOTPRINT ON BUILDING THE INTEGRITY OF POLITICAL FINANCE SYSTEMS IN UGANDA – 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. The report highlights the different ways integrity can be implemented in Uganda’s political finance systems.
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.
UNREGULATED CAMPAIGN SPENDING AND ITS IMPACT ELECTORAL PARTICIPANTS IN UGANDA – The study interrogates the impact of campaign spending on electoral participants over the previous electoral cycles (2006, 2011, and 2016). The cardinal object of this study is to analyse the extent of the impact of election spending on electoral participants as a consequence of commercialisation of politics and electoral processes, and to propose solutions for curbing the vice that has metamorphosed into a monster.
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…
EAT WISELY, VOTE WISELY? LESSONS FROM A CAMPAIGN AGAINST VOTE-BUYING IN UGANDA (JULY 2019) – Working with civil society organizations, we designed the study to estimate how voters and candidates responded to their campaign in treatment and spill over villages, and how impacts varied with campaign intensity. Despite its heavy footprint, the campaign did not reduce politician offers of gifts in exchange for votes. We estimate the effects of one of the largest anti-vote-buying campaigns ever studied—with half a million voters exposed across 1427 villages—in Uganda’s 2016 elections.
MONITORING ELECTION CAMPAIGN FINANANCE FOR SHEEMA NORTH CONSTITUENCY BY- ELECTION (OCT 9TH 2018) – This report highlights the major findings of ACFIM’s long term observation of the campaign period and the polling day activities leading to announcement of final results. The report captures the views of key informants including losing candidates of the NRM party primaries whore were turned campaign agents of candidate Naome Kibaaju, Electoral Commission officials, political party leaders, local journalists, local opinion leaders, and voters among others.
FIRST NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON POLITICAL FINANCING (JULY 2017) – The National Symposium on Commercialisation of Politics and Electoral Process under the theme Commercialisation of Politics and Electoral Processes in Uganda was organised by Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) with support from the National Endowment Democracy (NED). The discussion was in the context of the discourse on money in politics and its impact on the integrity of electoral process.
ANALYTICAL CASE STUDY OF THE FLOW OF BUDGET FUNDS AND EXPENDITURE DURING THE ELECTION PERIOD (MAY 2016) – This report is as a result of the study that analysed flow of funds from the national budget and the extent (and pattern) to which some identified sectors in respect to: use, misuse and abuse of national budget resources for political campaigning; mapping of loopholes that facilitate use, misuse, and abuse of state financial resources during political campaigning; and presentation of concrete recommendations to government MDAs on this issue to remedy it for years to come.
ACFIM SURVEY OF THE MEMBER OF 10TH PARLIAMENT ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM (OCT 2016) – Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) partnered with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to conduct a survey of Members of the 10th Parliament on campaign finance reform. The survey took a maximum of 40 and minimum of 35 minutes per MP. The survey is representative of the target population at a 98.5% confidence level with a margin of error of + / -1.5%.
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.