Thematic areas of practice
ACCESS TO ELECTORAL JUSTICE
In addressing Access to Electoral Justice in Uganda, our Advocacy on Electoral (Justice) reforms is a three dimension pronged approach on issuessuch as:
The role of the electoral commission as a quasi-judicial body in resolving electoral complaints, vis visits primary role of Election management. The transparencyand independenceof the Electoral Commission’s National Liaison committee in exercising its mandate of electoral dispute resolutions, it’s composition, procedures and transparency of its internal processes.
Shading a light on the critical role played by the courts of Law in an election cycle in resolving important election related disputes that may arise in the pre-election period, election period and post-election period. Its efficiency in delivering effective and timely justice in enforcement of electoral rights. Interrogating internal administrative challenges bedeviling the Judiciary in its pursuit of delivering time and effective access to electoral justice.
Addressing impediments faced by special interest groups, such as Youth, Women, Persons with Disabilities, prisoners, both unionized and non-unionized workers in accessing Electoral Justice, such as the costs involved seeking enforcement and protection of electoral rights through the courts of Law.
Research & Training
Research is so broad that we’re not limited to just electoral issues but priotise it. Our research& Trainingdepartment shall dealwith all matters that affect governance in all aspectsthat covers, among other things the effectiveness of electoral process to citizen’s desires and expectations which often have unanticipated consequences, either short or long term on the legal, administrative and political environment. Therefore, the need to continuously conduct research to improve on the knowledge base and help in making better decisions by different players that affect electoral process.
ELECTION MONITORING AND OBSERVATION
This is a two-way approach based on the governance system
Whereas democracy places great importance upon the conduct of elections, less attention is often drawn towards the conduct of the same within parties. In a multiparty dispensation, the presence of political parties is actually a healthy situation for the nation as they are the main gatekeepers for candidates to participate in general elections and be placed on the candidate list and at which position. These processes vary from party to party however they have a great significance on the general election. Therefore, monitoring and observing intra-party electoral processes helps to point out the effectiveness and procedure of electoral justice mechanism in a particular party.
Monitoring and observing elections is a means of promoting democracy. Although the independence of election observers has come under attack in recent time, their role and significance remains vital considering that their presence on ground has always been a flashlight in the would otherwise be electoral misconduct. The evolution of technology and its role in election monitoring and observation as a way of strengthening democracy meaningfully.
Institutional Election Integrity
“To some Party loyalty on campuses is a dangerous trait that should be avoided. To continue with party based student politics is to assume, incorrectly, that students are merely incubators for political parties. Not only does it create potential conflicts on campuses but it also makes student leaders pawns in politicians’ games.”
Despite the Constitution guaranteeing the freedom of association, so people can join any political party they choose in multiparty dispensation, Student elections in higher institutions’ of learning differ from campus to campus and some have become a hotly contested violent affairs for political parties where rigging has equally been witnessed while others they’re denied their right of association. These contestation have a great reflection on state of political parties and national politics. There’s fear that student no longer represent the majority of students. Many are putting political party loyalty ahead of students’ interests. Their actions are determined, directly or indirectly, by their mother bodies and parties. Hence the need to engage this platform.
Does the breakdown lies in how student representatives are elected. It is time for a change in this electoral system?
Centre for Electoral Justice & Research
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