Uganda’s electoral reform dilemma

Reforms. A man casts his vote in the 2016 general election. The Opposition and civil society organisations have been calling for electoral reforms before the next polls. FILE PHOTOS

What you need to know:

  • Reforms. Since 2001, the Supreme Court and other institutions such as political parties and international observers have voiced concerns about the quality of the elections held in the country and have made proposals which government appears unprepared to look into or has chosen to ignore.

All signs show Uganda will not take the road less travelled on the question of electoral reforms ahead of the 2021 general elections. It will be the usual business.
A person who followed the poll reforms debate ahead of the 2016 general polls can be excused to think that a similar script is being followed ahead of 2021.
The issue of poll reforms, also, casts doubt on whether there will, in fact, be general elections in 2021 but this is quickly dismissed by many observers who argue that regular elections serve President Museveni in many ways and is unlikely to break the cycle.

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