Election time came and went, words were traded, ballots were cast, some ballot papers, as we came to realize, couldn’t make their way into the box, reason? their destination arrived late.
So what have you been up to since Uganda voted on February 18th? There are three kinds of possible reactions we may have attempted.
Because of the way most electoral processes were conducted, many young Ugandans were left disenfranchised. Many gave up on their vote ever making a difference. Many retreated to a “I knew it would turn out so” attitude, as a result, the general disinterest in politics and governance soared, right now, young people prefer going about their day to day than engage in matters patriotism.
LEAVING BEYOND THE 2016; A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF YOUTHS.
The 2016 General elections in Uganda will remarkably go down in history for having guaranteed effective youth inclusion. Youths ideas about electoral democracy in Uganda were often trending all over social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. Several youth dialogues, conferences and meetings created space for youths to discuss the country’s state of affairs. Across the country youths stood for political positions and majority of them won these positions. We critically assume those youths who were voted for will not forget the agenda of an ordinary Ugandan youth.