Electoral Processes and the Future of Democracy in Uganda: A case of 2006 Presidential and Parliamentary Election Petitions.

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Kampala International University, School of law.
The 2006 Presidential and Parliamentary elections were marred with voter disenfranchisement, vote rigging, violence and bribery. The outcome precipitated court battles for both presidential and parliamentary elections. This study was conducted to assess the electoral processes and the future of democracy in Uganda. This included: analyzing the legal, policy, institutional and electoral processes of 2006. The findings of the study indicate that the 2006 elections had several irregularities in the conduct of the polls. These included deployment of soldiers on polling stations, intimidation of supporters, and manipulation of voters' registers, which denied a number of people from voting. The study recommends that several reforms be undertaken: They include;- Overhaul of the composition of the Electoral Commission, denying election offenders to participate or re-run in bye-elections, following their conviction. The study also emphasized a need to enhance freedom of the media, and proper vetting of presidential and parliamentary candidates. Security forces should not be permitted to participate in election processes, Universal suffrage, checks and balances between judicial and legislative branches. The civil society organisations should be vibrant watchdogs over electoral processes. V
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law as Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements of the Award of Bachelor of Laws Degree of Kampala International University.
Electoral Processes, Democracy, Presidential and Parliamentary Election Petitions