ISBN 9789970026708
Pages 320
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2008
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Electoral Democracy in Uganda

Understanding the Institutional Processes and Outcomes of the 2006 Multiparty Elections

edited by Julius Kiiza, Sabiti Makara

Electoral Democracy in Uganda: Understanding the Institutional Processes and Outcomes of the 2006 Multiparty Elections analyses the institutionalisation of democratic practice in the Uganda with reference to the 2006 elections. The focus is on elections as a "test" of the strength and legitimacy of Uganda's political institutions. It is argued that elections are more than the casting and counting of ballots. Accordingly, the book analyses the 2006 Ugandan elections in terms of the broader process involving the setting of rules for political contests; the registration of voters and parties; the nomination of candidates; campaigning and voting; the ballot counting and tallying; and, finally, the handling of election complaints. The book examines four key institutions that should, ideally, secure democratic governance - the parliament, the Electoral Commission (EC), the judiciary, and political parties. To present a comprehensive analysis of the key players in the electoral process, the book has chapters on the roles of women, civil society and the media, and security agencies in the 2006 elections.

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About the Editors

Julius Kiiza

Julius Kiiza teaches Political Economy, Public Policy and Development Studies in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University. He holds a PhD in Government and a First Class Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney (Australia). Dr. Kiiza did his postdoctoral studies at Cambridge University and was a Visiting Professor at Dickinson College in the United States in 2006. He has completed several research projects funded by UNU-WIDER, DFID, Global Development Network and other agencies, and has several publications in the areas of economic governance, institutional reform and political economy of development.

Sabiti Makara

Sabiti Makara is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Public Administration at Makerere University. He teaches Comparative Public Administration. His research interests are in the areas of urban governance, decentralisation, civil society and electoral processes. He has edited two previous volumes on Uganda’s electoral process. His most recent article, “Uganda’s 2006 Multiparty Elections: Consolidating Democracy and Building Peace?” has appeared in East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (2007).

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