The President has communicated his intentions to punish individuals within the Electoral Commission for the electoral malpractices that have happened in the recent elections. We wish to note, that on this very issue, the President is now speaking the same language as the rest of the majority of Ugandans. Over the past decade or so, Ugandans have noted that a number of electoral malpractices are aided by a weak legal and administrative electoral framework. These malpractices happen because the Electoral Commission as a body is sometimes unable to assert itself especially in the face of an overbearing executive. Part of the efforts to re-align the Electoral Commission back on a professional and constitutional course will require restructuring the electoral framework to put in place a competitively appointed, professional and impartial Election Management Body that serves nation, first.
Crispin Kaheru, Coordinator, CCEDU
27 August 2018