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Title:In search of a credible and independent referee: reflections on the effectiveness of the electoral commission in managing elections in Uganda
Author:Makara, SabitiISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Uganda
election management bodies
Abstract:Uganda is gearing up for another general election slated for 18th February 2016. This will be the third election to be held under a multiparty political dispensation. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a body charged with the management of elections in the country, has been at the centre of attention from all stakeholders as far as the handling of the electoral processes is concerned. This article reviews past experiences of election administration, with specific focus on one of the major challenges of Uganda's democratisation dilemmas: the way elections are managed. It questions whether the IEC could produce credible, transparent and legitimate results that qualify as acceptable by all the contending political forces as free and fair. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]