Democracy in Uganda

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

5 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Partly Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

5.09 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

98

Polity IV 2016

Score:

-1

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Closed Anocracy

 

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2016
Next Presidential Election 2021
Presidential Term Limits No
System of Appointment to Legislature

Elections are held on a first past the post basis

238 Constituency Representatives

112 District Woman Representatives

10 Uganda People’s Defence Forces Representatives

5 Representatives of the Youth

5 Representatives of Persons with Disabilities

5 Representatives of Workers

13 ex officio Members

Last Legislative Election

2016

Next Legislative Election

2021

Number of Seats in Legislature 385
Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: reserved seats

Results

Last presidential election (2016)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Yoweri Museveni 60.62
Kizza Besigye 35.61
Amama Mbabazi 1.39
Abed Bwanika 0.90
Venansius Baryamureeba 0.54
Faith Kyalya 0.43
Benon Biraaro 0.26
Joseph Mabirizi 0.25

 

Last legislative election (2016)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
National Resistance Movement 293
Forum for Democratic Change 36
Democratic Party 15
Uganda People’s Congress 6
Independents 66
Uganda People’s Defence Force 10
National Resistance Movement 293
Forum for Democratic Change 36
Democratic Party 15
Uganda People’s Congress 6
Independents 66
Uganda People’s Defence Force 10

Uganda on DiA

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29 September 2020

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#BookClub: East Africa After Liberation

17 July 2020

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#BookClub: Religion and Politics in Africa

7 June 2020

Rachel Riedl and Gwyneth McClendon

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16 March 2020

The Ethics in Development Research Project

What gives naked protest its power in Africa?

23 January 2020

F Abonga, R. Kerali, H. Porter, R. Tapscott

The coming crisis in Uganda

14 June 2019

Moses Khisa

How to clean an election

22 March 2019

Nic Cheeseman

Uganda: Why can't Museveni control his party?

25 February 2019

Michaela Collord

Why some African Autocrats love Political Decentralization

23 February 2018

Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild Louise Muriaas

The myth about democracy in Africa

8 September 2016

Nic Cheeseman

Parliaments: freedom's friend or foe?

8 March 2016

Nic Cheeseman

Uganda: Election secured, support uncertain.

24 February 2016

Michaela Collord

Uganda 2016: Elections and Authoritarianism

23 February 2016

Nic Cheeseman