The electoral process in Uganda and its role towards development of democracy in Uganda

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Kampala International University,School of Law
Democracy is widely considered to be a necessary and important tool if a country is to develop politically, economically and socially. This is why Lijphart referred to the electoral system as the most fundamental element of representative democracy. The foundation for election rights is found in article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This provision has been reinforced by article 25 of International Covenant on civil and political rights. However democracy has remained elusive in Uganda inspite of elections being conducted at regular intervals. The question therefore, that this research aims to look at is does electioneering necessarily produce democratic governance? Or is the electoral process in existence in Uganda sufficient enough to produce democratic governance. This research study is limited to electoral law and practices in Uganda, depicting the current situation, the need for reforms and the substance of what democracy entails. The case study is restricted to electoral processes in the 2001, 2006 and 2011 general elections. It revolves around political pluralism as a right, the right to register as a voter, and a right to vote which are all a mandate of the electoral commission. The study therefore looks at whether or not, the electoral commission has fulfilled this duty satisfactorily.
A dissertation submitted to the School of Law in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Laws of Kampala International University
electoral process, democracy, Uganda