Election Management and Electoral Violence Mitigation ahead of 2016 Elections

Remarkable progress over the years, in election management has been registered across Africa. East African countries, in particular, have embraced democracy. However high levels of electoral-related violence remain a major challenge during elections and threaten democracy, socio-economic development, and political stability. Since 1996, Uganda has had relatively peaceful elections although incidences of election-related violence have been reported in successive elections with the period towards and after elections often characterised by high-level political mobilization, ethnic polarization, and the commercialization of political processes. While such violence is historical, it must be recognised that violence greatly undermines and discredits the country’s democratic dividends.