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Title: Campaign Financing and Commercialisation of Politics: A Review of the Effectiveness of the Legal Framework in Uganda
Authors: Kabakumba, M. E. Labwoni Masiko
Keywords: Politics
Campaign Financing
Issue Date: Apr-2016
Publisher: Kampala International University, School of law.
Abstract: The study investigated the effectiveness or adequacy of the electoral legal framework in regulation of Campaign financing in Uganda. The research objectives were to; identifY the elements of campaign financing in Uganda; identifY the gaps available in the electoral legal framework in regard to campaign financing in Uganda and make necessary recommendations towards the electoral legal framework and campaign financing in Uganda. A cross-sectional survey research design was used adopting both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The research used a sample of I 46 respondents. Simple random sampling and Purposive sampling were both used. Methods of data collection were questionnaires and interviews guides. Descriptive statistics provided the techniques of numerically and graphically presenting information. Qualitative data was analyzed through content analysis. Findings of the study revealed that political candidates did not receive campaign funding from government yet the Political Parties and other organizations Act 2005 (PPOA) as amended do provide for public funding of political parties; the existing law assigns the role of supervising adherence to campaign finance regulations to Electoral commission but there seems to be issues with its implementation and the public was not sensitised about the laws regulating campaign financing because fi·om the interviews, what the respondent identified as key expenditure points for campaign financing are illegal. The researcher concluded that failure to regulate the arena of campaign finance allows the influence of wealthy individuals and corporations to drown out the voices of individual citizens which might cause the public to become disillusioned with and mistrustful of the political system. The study recommends that; the element of limits on contributions and expenditure should be included in the laws governing campaign financing by the Parliament of Uganda and that Uganda legislature enact necessary legislation and/or propose necessary constitutional initiatives to impose limits on political contributions to candidates and political parties.
Description: A research project report submitted to the School of Law in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Award of Bachelors Degree in Laws of Kampala International University
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