Monitoring the expenditure of candidates for presidential and Member of Parliament races during the pre-election period is one of the many aspects that civil society is observing in the pre-election period. Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) is the specialized body of civil society organisations that are conducting this initiative as an extended study to come up with credible estimates of how much the political parties and individual candidates spend on election campaigns; document how money is used in campaign and the extent to which it influences election outcomes. The study further interrogates how budget funds are used or misused in election campaigns. Access to credible information about use of money in election campaigns in Uganda is critical to developing national interventions that will among other things equalize the conditions for political competition. Reforms in electoral and political financing will benefit tremendously from information collected and shared by ACFIM.
We leverage the presence of 65 locally recruited campaign finance monitors that are using their familiarity with the local context and situational awareness to gather data. This data is analysed and to show the extent to which money influences political campaigns and election outcomes. The data is collected from 16 districts namely: Kampala, Luweero, Masaka, Jinja, Iganga, Kabale, Kanungu, Bushenyi, Kabarole, Hoima, Arua, Nwoya, Lira, Apac, Katakwi and Moroto. As ACFIM we strongly believe that unregulated use of money in election campaigns is one of the main causes of commercialization of politics, a problem that will require Ugandans from all walks of life to take action to reduce it.