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Date:14 Feb 2016
Uganda: 2016 Election Factsheet

[AEP] Uganda, in 1962, gained independence from Britain. Like most African countries, Uganda until 1979, had their share military coup, insurgencies and despotism. This was followed by a disputed elections in 1980 and a 5-year war. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has been in power ever since the war ended in 1986. Uganda, 23 years after independence, have had 9 heads of state.

Under Museveni, a new wave of political stability and economic growth swept across Uganda, especially in the 1990s albeit political parties were permitted until 2005. Multi-party democracy has been in force since 2006. Meanwhile, the East African nation runs presidential republic system of government where the president heads the state and government while the prime minister oversees cabinet. Uganda runs a unicameral parliament.

The mainstay of the economy is mainly agriculture and coffee is its main export. The country with a population of over 53 million is known for their remarkable strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The February 18, 2016 elections will focus on unemployment, agriculture, corruption, education, environment, governance, health, physical infrastructure, security, and tourism.

Below are some facts and figures about the 18th February, 2016 general elections:
Last Presidential Elections Date: 18th February, 2011
Current President: Yoweri Museveni
Current Prime Minister: Ruhakana Rugunda
Official Start of Campaign: 9th November, 2015 (Campaigns ends on 16th February, 2016)
Electoral Management Body: The Electoral Commission (EC): http://www.ec.or.ug

• Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for 18 February 2016
• Polls will open on 7am local time and will close at 4pm. However, voters in queues at the polling stations before the 4pm deadline will be allowed to vote.
• President is deemed duly elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system for a 5-year term.
• There will be a presidential run-off if no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote in the first round.
• Out of the 385 seats in parliament currently, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has 263 while the main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) occupies 34.
• According to the EC, campaigns meetings/rallies are conducted only from 7:00am until 6:00pm on each of the campaign days.
• Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) will be used for the first time. The EC has procured 32,334 machines for this purpose.
• The EC has introduced a Voter Location Slip (VLS) to inform and guide voters to their respective polling stations.
• 15.3 million Voters are expected to turn up for elections in 28,010 polling stations.
• Polls will open at 7am and close at 4pm
• Each candidate is allowed at least two agents per polling stations.
• There are four tables inside a polling station and the voters are required to line up before accessing a ballot paper.
• One (1) female and 7 male candidates gunning to win the presidency.
• The election will be Museveni’s fifth term since 1990 if he wins.
• 1747 number of candidates up for parliamentary election
• 28.5% of candidates are women
• 51.9% independents vying for both presidential and parliamentary slots
• According to the Alliance for Campaigns Finance Monitoring, an estimated amount of Shs137 billion has been spent by all parties and individual presidential candidates in the first two months
• Campaigns officially end on Tuesday, February 16, after which any vote-canvassing will be illegal.
• Popular Twitter hashtags – #UgandaDecides #Uganda2016 #WesigeBesigye #UGDebate16 #SteadyProgress #GoForward

Leading Candidates, respective parties and relevant links:

Yoweri Museveni (Leader of Uganda for 30 years since 1986): National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Website: https://www.yowerikmuseveni.com / https://www.nrm.ug
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PresidentYoweriKagutaMuseveni / http://facebook.com/NRMPartyUganda
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KagutaMuseveni / https://twitter.com/NRMOnline
Blog: https://www.yowerikmuseveni.com/blog
Google plus: https://www.google.com/+NrmUgOnline
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPLJL0aosnBJvkqtCsEETXA
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nrm-uganda
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nrmonline

Dr Kifefe Kizza Besigye (a former liberation struggle ally and doctor to Museveni): Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)
Website: http://www.fdc.ug
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrKizza-Besigye-2016 / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forum-For-Democratic-Change/221544635524
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kizzabesigye1 / https://www.facebook.com/FDCOfficial1/

Amama Mbabazi (Former ally of Musevebi and former prime minister): Go Forward
Website: http://www.amamambabazi.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amamambabazi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jpamamambabazi
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jpamamambabazi
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/amama16

Faith Maureen Kyalya Walube (Former presidential advisor on poverty alleviation): Independent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002189209987
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaureenKyalya

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba (Former Vice Chancellor at Makerere University): Independent
Website: http://www.baryamureeba.ug
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baryamureeba
Twitter: https://twitter.com/baryamureeba

Abed Bwanika (Third attempt at the presidency): People's Development Party
Website: https://www.abedbwanika.ug
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abedbwanikapdp
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbedBwanika
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvgLra4NXTcu3G9dgJLzI5g
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/117499686535238852997

Major General Benon Biraaro (retired): Uganda Farmers Party
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maj-Gen-Benon-Biraaro-for-president-2016-275957705894658/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenonBiraaro

Elton Joseph Mabirizi (Pastor, founder of Ambassadors of Christ Church): Independent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mabirizieltonjoseph/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mabiriziej

Key elections observer groupsEast African Community (EAC), European Union (EU), African Union (AU), National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United States among others

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