The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda - CCEDU



Overall Objective

“Enhancing citizens’ participation and leadership accountability in Uganda’s political processes.”

Launched on August 19th, 2009, the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) is a broad coalition that brings together over 600 like-minded civil society organizations and over eight thousand individuals to advocate for electoral democracy in Uganda. The overriding agenda of this coalition is to advocate and promote integrity, transparency and active citizen participation in Uganda’s electoral process.

CCEDU brings together various interest configurations including, the Elderly, the Workers’ Union, the Farmers, the Faith Based networks, the Media, the Development workers, Youths, Persons with Disabilities, the Private Sector, the Women, Human Rights activists and Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Since its inception CCEDU has engaged in advocacy for electoral reforms; civic enlightenment and motivation to actively participate in electoral processes and providing a forum for direct engagement of political aspirants and citizens on key governance and livelihood issues in their communities. Prior to the February 2011 general elections, CCEDU through partner implementing agencies and member organizations implemented a national voter education campaign dubbed; “Honor Your Vote”.

The campaign was operationalized through multimedia messaging, local “Face the Citizen” political debates as well as televised regional and national “Face the Citizen” debates. CCEDU undertook the “Honor Your Vote” campaign between November 2010 and March 2011. Through this multimedia messaging campaign, the coalition was able to successfully develop and disseminate media messages to motivate citizens to participate in the electoral process ahead of the 2011 general elections; designed and conducted local political debates through which the issues and concerns of ordinary Ugandan citizens were brought to the attention of political aspirants.

This campaign registered tremendous success garnering up to 23% of media share during the campaign period, with high recall value to date. A survey commissioned by the Deepening Democracy Program (DDP) in 2011 confirmed that up to 58% of the voting population across Uganda was aware of the CCEDU voter education intervention. Post the 2011 election, the Electoral Commission released a postmortem report in which it attributed 39% out of 58% total voter turn-out to CCEDU’s citizen mobilization activities. CCEDU’s “Honour Your Vote” campaign has also received recognition honors and is widely referred to as “the call to action” that remarkably influenced the 2011 voting patterns.

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