This is the final of a series of five progress reports that have been released during the pre-election period. These reports will be aggregated into a Final Report that will be released within 30 days after elections. The past six months of reporting have allowed ACFIM to more robustly analyse data collected at national and grass root levels. From the very first progress report that covered the period July – September 2015 ACFIM research assistants have been able to improve their data collection and verification skills which has substantially improve the quality of our reports. Our scope is restricted to Presidential and Member of Parliament races in 16 districts that were purposively selected from the different geographical regions of Uganda. At the national level studies have been conducted to track the flow and utilization of budget funds during the campaign period.
In view of the findings shared in the progress reports, ACFIM members are calling upon:
1. Political parties and candidates participating in the election campaigns should come out and make voluntary public declarations of their campaign income and expenditure.
2. Citizens/voters to desist from accepting money and/or gifts from any of the candidates participating in the election especially so when the give has clear intentions on inducing them to vote in his/her favour.
3. Relevant Government institutions including the police to take action against acts of voter bribery and misuse of government resources without qualification.