Ugandan citizens will go to the polls on Thursday to elect their president and members of parliament. Ahead of the election, NDI’s local partner, the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), has been conducting a village-based campaign to reduce vote buying and selling. This sort of corruption has been a significant challenge surrounding Ugandan elections. A July 2015 Afrobarometer survey found that 85 percent of Ugandans reported that candidates offered food, gifts or money in return for their vote.
ACFIM is a coalition of 16 civil society organizations advocating for increased transparency in the financing of political parties and election campaigning. With NDI’s support, ACFIM is conducting a robust anti-vote buying campaign targeting 1,427 randomly-selected villages throughout Uganda. The campaign comprises a door-to-door leaflet drop followed by three deliberative village discussions on the issue of vote buying, its impact, causes and consequences, and lastly, a village resolution to reject vote buying and selling.