Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) yesterday marked 10 years of existence.
CCEDU was established in 2009 after 16 organizations came together and formed a coalition and today it is made up of 25 organizations.
The coalition was established to among others advocate for a more enabling legal framework for Uganda’s elections, contribute to progressive increase in capacity and awareness of Ugandan citizens about their electoral rights, generate, analyse and disseminate election reports and developments in Uganda’s democratization process and provide a platform to generate a common civil society voice on Electoral reform and democracy issues in Uganda.
CCEDU coordinator Crispin Kaheru says the 10-year journey has come with multiple challenges.
Some of the challenges according to Kaheru include misconception by national and local authorities as well as sections of citizenry towards the objectives of CCEDU’s advocacy campaigns and programmes; little or non-flexibility of funding received from development partners, plummeting global interests on supporting deepening democracy interventions and effectively engaging the broad membership of CCEDU especially in a politically dynamic context.
Despite these challenges however, CCEDU between 2011 and 2016 observed 42 parliamentary and Local Government by – elections.
Since 2016, the coalition has observed 30 Local Government and parliamentary by – elections across the country.
Kaheru also says the coalition has observed elections in various countries including Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Tanzania, Egypt, Namibia among others.
The coalition also deployed 408 observers to monitor mass enrollment exercise in 2014 when Government commenced the National registration exercise to register Ugandans aged 16 years and above for National identity cards.