Afrobarometer report – Public support for proposals to improve Parliament and elections in Uganda

This report was released by Afrobarometer in April 2017.

It found:

  • Overwhelming majority of Ugandans support reforms to improve Parliament and elections, especially transparency in vote tallying, transmission, and declaration (96%).
  • Eight in 10 respondents (84%) agree with the need for a national dialogue to resolve the country’s disagreements following recent elections.
  • Eight in 10 respondents (79%) favour reducing the number of MPs to save taxpayers money, and three-fourths (74%) say MPs should not be given free cars.
  • Three-fourths of Ugandans (75%) support maintaining the current constitutional age limit of 75 years on any person seeking the office of president.

Additionally, it found:

  • Most Ugandans (83%) support regular, open, and honest elections as the best way to choose their leaders, but fewer than half (34%) say their most recent national election was “completely free and fair.”
  • Regarding the quality of their elections, in 2015 only about half of Ugandans said that votes are “always” or “often” counted fairly (52%) and that elections function well to ensure that voters’ views are reflected (49%) and that voters can remove under-performing leaders (45%).
  • Electoral reforms proposed ahead of the 2016 elections received strong support, including support to ban candidates convicted of vote buying (86%), declaring election results at constituency (80%), and ceasing appointment of electoral commission officials by the President.

For the full report, visit the Afrobarometer website.