Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

PUBLICATION OF MY BOOK - SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE AND ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT IN UGANDA: A CASE STUDY OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS FROM 1996 TO 2011





My book entitled "Sovereignty of the People and Elections Management in Uganda: A Case Study of Presidential Elections from 1996 to 2011" has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing in Germany. The contents of the book may be summarized as follows:

The book was guided by two cardinal objectives: inquiring into the manner in which presidential elections in Uganda have been organized and conducted since 1996; and analyzing the legitimacy of the electoral process in Uganda. The study was interested in finding out the extent to which the legal regime facilitates the holding of free and fair presidential elections; whether the electoral process is reflective of the wishes of the Ugandan electorate; and to ascertain to what extent the people of Uganda are sovereign as claimed by Article 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995.

The methodology used to gather information and test hypotheses was aimed at tracing the study within the overall theoretical notions of democracy and people empowerment. Therefore, the study examined both the Ugandan situation and the understanding and practice of these notions in other parts of the world and so my methodological starting point was to review secondary literature like books and scholarly articles. Primary data was gathered using interviews and archival research. The interviews targeted professionals and students. This is because sovereignty and elections generally, hinge on public perception and opinion, which are naturally different and exacerbated by the fact that people come from different social set-ups, based on different socio-economic and political interests. In many respects, perception is everything.

The study found that by and large, the legal regime is adequate enough to facilitate the holding of free and fair presidential elections. The problem though, lies with its poor implementation. Furthermore, it was found that the electoral process is not reflective of the wishes of the people of Uganda because it has relegated them to the periphery of political life.

The study concluded that the manner of elections management in Uganda, as practiced in the country’s elections from 1996 to 2011, has not upheld the sovereignty of the people, as enshrined in Article 1 of the Constitution; that all elections have been a sham and not reflective of the wishes of the Ugandan electorate; that any allegations of sovereignty are more mythical than they are real; and that consequently, the electoral process in totality is illegitimate.

The above findings and conclusions are due to a number of reasons especially, the use of state machinery like the army, police, intelligence agencies and paramilitary groups, to harass and intimidate people to vote against their will; the existence of a partisan Electoral Commission that is biased in favour of President Museveni and his NRM; candidates’ lack of election agents to cater for their electoral interests; and disenfranchisement of voters like people voting for others.

The study made the following major recommendations;-
1. Parliament should amend Article 60 of the Constitution, to remove uncensored presidential power of appointing the Electoral Commission, by providing for participation of all relevant stakeholders like civil society and political parties having parliamentary representation;
2. Parliament should amend Section 59(7) of The Presidential Elections Act, 2005 to make presidential election petitions quasi-criminal in nature such that the Supreme Court is mandated to convict and mete prescribed sentences against errant candidates; and
3. Political parties should seriously mobilize, organize and rally citizens for and around national development issues, instead of relegating themselves to the status of mere electoral vehicles.

Details of the book may be obtained here https://www.lap-publishing.com/catalog/details/store/gb/book/978-3-659-24147-5/sovereignty-of-the-people-and-elections-management-in-uganda?search=Sovereignty%20of%20the%20People%20and%20Elections%20Management%20in%20Uganda.