July 11, 2011, 9:27 p.m.
The European Union published their final report on March 10, 2011 regarding Uganda’s presidential elections that took place on February 28, 2011. The report provides background information on the lead up to the elections, what occurred during the actual elections, and how the results and dispute resolutions were handled. The report also covers the role of the media, civil society, special interest groups, and the role of human rights and women in the electoral process. The report is completed by providing extensive recommendations for the next elections. The executive summary found in the report is found below.
The 2011 Ugandan general elections showed some improvements over the previous elections held in 2006. However, the electoral process was marred by avoidable administrative and logistical failures which led to an unacceptable number of Ugandan citizens being disenfranchised. Furthermore, the power of incumbency was exercised to such an extent as to compromise severely the level playing field between the competing candidates and political parties. Notwithstanding a number of incidents of violence and intimidation, especially on Election Day, the electoral campaign and polling day were generally conducted in a peaceful manner. Restraint in campaign rhetoric contributed to this improved campaign environment. With genuine political commitment by all stakeholders, further progress towards a fully pluralistic and multi‐party democracy can be achieved.