Regime cannot change through polls, study says
Makerere University political science department recently carried out a research on the political trend of Uganda. French researchers conducted an appraisal on the elections that were held in 2011, and finally released their findings on Wednesday last week.
The research report says that if we continue with the current political environment, we are unlikely to have good democracy. The report says that the 2011 polls reflected the public dissatisfaction with the electoral process in Uganda.
The research reflects that if we continue with the current unclear electoral process, we are likely to have political leaders who are corrupt and who don’t deliver services to people. The research further reveals that the all electoral process is marred by commercialization, coupled with intimidation and therefore the all electoral process do not reflect actual choices of the electorates.
The research further states that ever since the idea of ‘individual merit was abandoned, and political parties given space to operate, the all electoral process has created chaos from both the winning and losing sides. It was such weakness in the electoral process in early 1980 that forced the NRA/M to start a bush war. Such electoral weaknesses have continued under the movement government.
The research says that it is therefore not surprising that most Ugandans are suffering from electioneering fatigue syndrome, which really is recycling of political lies, harassment, vote rigging and defective voters’ register among other issues.