Prior to making his second presentation to the UN today Thursday, September 12, 2019, Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order met a number of dignitaries to emphasize the issues he will be presenting to the Human Rights Council. Notably, he met the Singapore Ambassador to the UN, he met the Iranian Delegation and the Dutch Youth Representative.

Dr Sewanyana will devote his second thematic report to the Human Rights Council to the intersectional topic of public participation and decision-making in global governance spaces and its impact on a democratic and equitable international order. In the report, Dr Sewanyana states that international groups such as the United Nations and the World Bank have an obligation to make decisions in accordance with the basic democratic governance principles such as transparency, inclusivity, responsiveness and accountability. Dr. Sewanyana will emphasize the need for these global frameworks to fight corruption both at local and global level. “There is need to fight corruption using local and global spaces,” says Sewanyana.

Dr Sewanyana will draw the attention of nations on the need to assess the notion of national assets being hidden in foreign countries. This in his view is the only way these frameworks can promote public participation in governance.

Since he assumed this mandate, Dr Sewanyana has issued 14 communications and five press releases jointly with other experts. He has also issued two newsletters concerning the activities he has so far undertaken.

Last year, Dr Sewanyana presented a report at the seventy-fourth session of the UN. He has also took part in the networking European Citizen education. He gave a speech at the inaugural global citizen forum, organized by Drake University. He participated in the 57th International Affairs Symposium on culture and Human rights organized by Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA.

In 2019, he attended the international Conference on national, regional and international mechanisms in Doha Quarter. He also attended a high-level regional conference on Justice and good governance in the Great Lakes Region, in Nairobi Kenya. He attended the 26th annual meeting of special procedure mandate holders, in Geneva. He participated in consultations organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva.

 

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Here below is guidance on becoming a member of the Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).

Institutional Membership:

Please receive the attached CCEDU Membership Application form – for institutions that are seeking to join CCEDU.  Should you wish to join CCEDU (as an institution), please complete the form attached, and return the application to CCEDU Offices at the address below.  Each application must be duly signed and accompanied with:

 An organizational profile; and

Two (2) passport size photographs of nominated contact persons.

Individual Membership:

For individuals seeking to join CCEDU, you are invited to register in CCEDU’s physical membership register at the CCEDU Offices at the address below.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the CCEDU Annual Membership Platform on 19th August 2019 – when we commemorate 10 years of CCEDU’s existence.

Kind regards,

 

Crispin Kaheru

Coordinator

Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU)

Democracy House

Plot 1111 Lulume Road Nsambya

P.O. Box 11027 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 794 444 410

Mob: +256 794 444 401 or +256 772 332 747

Fax: +256-414-510498

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Web site: http://www.ccedu.org.ug 

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Notice is hereby given that any duly-registered CCEDU member who wishes to be considered for election to the CCEDU Board of Directors is hereby requested to submit an expression of interest in writing to the CCEDU Secretariat at least two (2) weeks to the date of the Annual Membership Platform (19th August 2019) indicating his/her interest to contest for Board membership.

Should you wish to confirm your membership status (institutional or individual), please approach the CCEDU Secretariat directly at the physical address below.

Crispin Kaheru
Coordinator
Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Democracy House
Plot 1111 Ssenyonga Road Nsambya
P.O. Box 11027 Kampala, Uganda
Tel:
+256 794 444 410
Mob: +256 794 444 401 or +256 772 332 747
Fax: +256-414-510498
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Web site: http://www.ccedu.org.ug

 

1.0 Introduction:

CCEDU observed polling day activities in the 223 polling stations, 69 parishes, and 16 Sub Counties that make up Nebbi District. The by-election attracted Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, Onyai Vicky Emmanuel; Independent Candidate, Othuba George; and National Resistance Movement Candidate, Urombi Emmanuel.

 2.0 Objectives and Methodology of Observation:

Objective:

The objective of the CCEDU EOM was to make an independent, objective and impartial assessment of the July 11th 2019 Nebbi District LCV By-election. In pursuance of this objective, the CCEDU EOM observed the elections within the spirit and letter of the international election protocols that the Republic of Uganda is party to; the Guidelines of the CCEDU EOM, as well as the legal framework for the conduct of elections in the Republic of Uganda.


The CCEDU EOM was specifically required to:

· Determine whether the elections were conducted in compliance with the country’s constitutional and legal framework, other relevant laws and the guidelines governing the conduct of elections in Uganda; 


· Determine whether the election environment was conducive for voters to freely exercise their fundamental rights and express their will;

· Evaluate the transparency and adequacy of the voting, counting and tallying 
processes; as well as the announcement of the results; and

· Establish whether the results of the elections were a true reflection of the democratic 
will of the people of Nebbi district. 


 

 Methodology:

In order to achieve the aforementioned objective(s), the CCEDU EOM undertook the following activities:

· The Mission held consultation with key electoral stakeholders including the EC, political parties, representatives of Civil Society Organisations, security agencies’ representatives and members of the media; 


· CCEDU EOM also consulted with relevant stakeholders in Nebbi district;

· The CCEDU EOM requested and obtained information on activities related to the electoral process from the EC;

· On Election Day, the EOM observed all aspects of the electoral process in the respective areas of deployment; 


· The CCEDU EOM presented its preliminary assessment of the elections through a Polling Day statement released on 11th July 2019.

Downlaod Statement

MEDIA AND ELECTIONS IN UGANDA

DELIVERED AT THE WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY DIALOGUE, 3RD MAY, 2019, GOLF COURSE HOTEL, KAMPALA, UGANDA.

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION.

In his book ‘The End of History and the Last Man’, Francis Fukuyama postulated that liberal democracy constituted ‘the end point of mankind’s ideological revolution and the ‘final form of human government’. [1] Fukuyama envisaged liberal democracy as a ‘more pluralist model’, giving rise to a free state whose values include good governance, respect for individual rights and freedoms, better delivery of services and political empowerment. Largely driven by this ideology, Huntington argued that in such a political model, ‘the right to speak, publish, assemble and organise’ would be supreme. [2] In tandem with this school of thought, Roper argued that ‘democracy is responsive, guarantees liberties, encourages participation and ultimately promotes political equality’.[3] Participation, a key ingredient of this model, it is argued, promotes ‘active citizenship’ as opposed to a ‘passive society’ and confers a ‘sense of freedom’ to the individual.[4]

In a liberal democratic state, the media plays an important role in building an informed society. Citizens need credible information from media that can moderate debate and provoke meaningful conversations that can lead to societal transformation. The media has a more critical role: through its traditional function – to inform, educate and entertain, it plays a catalytic role of deepening and institutionalising democracy.

Dr Livingstone Sewanyana

Though considered as the ‘fourth estate’, the media and government in many neo-liberal African countries including Uganda is at loggerheads. Chinje, argues that government and media are two sides of the same coin. If they fight they destroy the coin. While government brings policy, the media should bring information about those policies to enrich the ideas and improve their implementation for the good of society. [5] According to Mukum Mbaku, Senior Fellow at the US-based Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative, free and independent media is instrumental in cleaning up corruption and enhancing bureaucratic accountability.[6]

Journalists see themselves as watchdogs . To enable the media to function effectively as such, journalists need to be guaranteed the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression. The right to freedom of opinion and expression is provided for in Article 29 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Uganda, Article 19 of the UDHR, Article 9 of the ACHPR; Article 19, and Article 25 of the ICCPR . [7] But in practice what does the right to freedom of speech and expression including the media mean?

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[1] Francis Fukuyama End of History and the Last Man (London: Penguin Books, 1992) xi.

[2] Samuel P. Huntington   The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century (Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991).

[3] Jon Roper Democracy and its Critics: Anglo-American Democratic Thought in the Nineteenth Century (London: Unwin Hyman Ltd, 1984) 204.

[4] Roper op cit note 3.

[5] A New Era for African Media ‘available at https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/august-2016/new-era-african-media [accessed 30 April,2019].

[6] Ibid.

[7] Adopted on 16 December 1966, UN General Assembly Resolution 2200A (XXI), 21 UN GA0R Supp (NO.16) at 52, UN Doc A/6316,999 UNTS 171, entered into force on 23 March 1976.