ACFIM SECOND PROGRESS REPORT – OCTOBER 2015
ACFIM is part of the broader national civil society consortium – Citizens Election Observers Network (CEON Uganda). The second progress report mainly depicts the financing behind the events of the NRM party primary elections in the 16 districts where ACFIM conducts its observation. As a whole, our research has found that money was a major determinant of voting behaviour during NRM party primaries, as it was mostly the candidates that observers reported to be spending the most, that ultimately polled the highest number of votes. An example can be seen in Karamoja, where the commercialisation of politics has affected the district disproportionately as whenever communities are mobilised for a campaign rally, they already expect money and political candidates must oblige. Our findings show that most of the Vote-Buying took place on the eve of the Primary Elections when huge amounts of cash and donations were distributed. These gifts or cash were attached to flyers of candidates and were distributed to individual households at night by campaign agents. There were some exceptions where there Vote-Buying was minimal such as in the District Woman MP frag bearer races in Kampala, Kabalore, Katakwi and Arua districts.
ACFIM FIRST PROGRESS REPORT – JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2015
This is the first of a series of progress reports that will be released during the pre-election period. Specifically six pre-election progress reports will be generated during the period September 30th, 2015 – January 30th, 2016. Whereas this report contains mainly findings from the National Resistance Movement Party because it is the only party that had activities on the ground in the 16 districts under our observation, our scope covers all active political party activities. This and subsequent reports will be made publicly available to citizens and other key stakeholders through interface meetings, press conferences, as well as through the ACFIM website, ACFIM´s Facebook page and other social media platforms. Other interested parties can get these reports through email on demand basis.