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The Road to 2016: Citizens’ Perception on Uganda’s 2016 Election (Literature, Legal and Policy Review).

In Uganda, elections as a key driver of democracy are mainly a matter of post-colonial period. Colonial administration ran the country on the basis of imperial orders – emphasizing observance of law and order. Popular legitimacy and people‟s participation were not the main benchmarks of colonial rule. While the colonial masters minded little about popular democracy, it is notable that three elections were held in Uganda before independence (1958, 1961, 1962). This contrasts sharply with the glaring absence of elections in the first two decades of independence. From this context, a high frequency of elections has become ubiquitous during the post – 1986 period (1989, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and the planned 2016). While elections have become regular in this period, scholars and civil society have questioned their quality – in terms of their freeness and fairness.1 Elections are a hallmark of democracy, but only when they are well conducted, stakeholders consulted, fair laws agreeable to all are put in place, but the institutional framework for managing elections remains tenuous.#CitizensPerceptionOnUganda2016Elections @huripecmakerere @KituochaKatiba 

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Prof. Sabiti Makara
Dr. Rose Nakayi
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