Uganda’s Electoral Commission Launches Roadmap & Strategic Plan for 2026 General Elections

KAMPALA – The Electoral Commission (EC) recently unveiled its roadmap for the 2026 general elections and a strategic plan spanning from 2022/2023 to 2026/2027.

The objectives of these plans are to improve operational efficiency, stakeholder awareness, and participation, building on the positive reforms from the previous general elections.

The plans also aim to enhance organizational and staff capacity planning. The launch event took place at Hotel Africana in Kampala and was the result of extensive research and stakeholder consultation.

During the post-election evaluation workshops following the 2020/2021 general election, various stakeholders provided their honest assessments about the electoral process and its conduct.

Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi cautioned political parties against engaging in unregulated campaign-related activities. Instead, he emphasized the need to follow the program approved and regulated by the commission, promoting peaceful coexistence before, during, and after the electoral process.

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Byabakama expressed gratitude towards the people of Uganda for their support during the 2020/2021 general election, which occurred amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Electoral Commission’s mandate is to ensure regular, free, and fair elections and referenda, as specified in the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

The strategic plan’s objectives include enhancing citizen participation, strengthening stakeholder collaboration and engagement, delivering free and fair elections and referenda, improving information sharing, public trust, and confidence in the electoral process, and strengthening the capacity of the Electoral Commission.

Moreover, the plan contains specific goals, activities, budget estimates, and time frames to guide preparations for the 2025/2026 General Elections.

To ensure a smooth election process, Byabakama stressed the need for timely amendment/enactment of electoral laws by the government and approval for the creation of new administrative units.

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He thanked the government and development partners for funding the Electoral Commission and urged the government to continue providing adequate funding in a timely manner.

Overall, the strategic plan and roadmap launched by the electoral commission signify an essential step towards enhancing Uganda’s electoral process, focusing on improving operational efficiency, stakeholder awareness, and participation.

Now, it is crucial for all stakeholders to start planning and working towards the goals outlined in the roadmap to ensure a successful democratic process in the upcoming elections.

 

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