The CSOs that operate in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo, Agago, Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru districts asserted that educating the electorates is the surest way to increase motivation to turnout so that election results might better match the will of the people.
Society Organizations (CSOs) operating in Acholi sub-region are advocating for
increased civic education among electorates ahead of the country’s 2021 general
The CSOs that operate in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo, Agago, Omoro, Nwoya and
Amuru districts asserted that educating the electorates is the surest way to
increase motivation to turn out so that election results might better match the
will of the people.
Geoffrey Okello, the Executive Director of Gulu District NGO Forum stresses
that CSOs should embark on developing the knowledge of voters, their skills,
values and motivation to make informed choices during elections.
Okello says 2020 is an election preparatory year for all Ugandans to scrutinize
politicians capable of delivering transformative and accountable leadership
right from the President to Members of Parliament, district council leaders and
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Robert Babu, the Programs Coordinator of Kitgum District NGO Forum contends
that a deep-rooted civic competence enables electorates to elect viable leaders
who can legislate on critical policies to narrow the widening income disparity
among the rich and poor.
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Whereas George Odong Otto of Pader District NGO Forum emphasized that an
empowered populace will elect responsible leaders who can spur equitable
development that minimizes resource-based conflicts.
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According to Andrew Ogwetta Otto, the Program Officer, Governance and
Accountability for Gulu cluster under Action Aid Uganda, voting is the most
important contribution every single eligible voter can make to ensure a healthy
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The CSOs highlighted a mixture of uncertainty
and insecurity threats that hinder qualitative progress for the citizens based
on the promise of the 1995 Constitution among which they cited partisan
parliament defined by transactional culture.
They further pointed out the unceasing environmental injustices, land grabbing
and land evictions as well as the absence of meaningful electoral reforms as
some of the challenges if not amicably addressed, will make citizen
participation in elections meaningless.