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Voter Education Manual

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This module is intended to make the citizens of Uganda acquire knowledge to enable them participate in and appreciate democratic and multiparty systems of governance. In most countries all over the world today, governments are engaged in building or consolidating democratic principles and structures. The countries that practice democracy base their guidance on the “will of the people”. This means that the people have the power to decide freely, how they want to be governed. Both the 1962 and 1967 Constitutions of Uganda provided for the multiparty political system and the system existed until 1986 when the National Resistance Movement Government decided to restrict political party activities. The NRM introduced the movement political system through which among other things, political leaders would be elected on individual merit and not based on their political affiliation. The then existing political parties were allowed to maintain their headquarters but they could not hold rallies or sponsor candidates for elections.

The 1995 Constitution of Uganda provides for a multiparty political system and in 2005 after a national referendum, the multiparty system was restored and political parties were allowed to function and to sponsor candidates for presidential, parliamentary and Local Governments elections. Although the multiparty political system was restored in 2005 the people have not yet internalized the workings of the system. In the report on the DGF Baseline Study on Democracy, Justice, Human Rights and Accountability in Uganda, the following observation was made about multiparty democracy: “As found in previous surveys, Ugandans know and can explain the values of multiparty democracy and there is a high level of agreement of the benefit on this system. And although not addressed during the current survey, Afrobarometer Round 5 found considerable support for multiparty democracy, with 84% disapproving of a one-party system. Yet people continue to be concerned by the high levels of inter-party conflict, lack of tolerance and divisiveness of the system as it plays out in Uganda. Experience with multipartyism since 2005 does not seem to have diminished these concerns and people still perceive the system as leading to chaos, disruption and corruption, indicating that education on how political parties operate and the tactics and methods they employ to try to sway  voters  may  be  required.  
Political  parties  too  might  consider toning down their rhetoric and levels of passion when speaking to the media and in public as a way of wooing voters with a more tolerant style of politicking” Therefore, this suggests that there is a need for civic education providers to focus on the content of democracy, multiparty system and roles of citizens in their governance.


  1. To increase the citizens’ level of awareness and responsiveness to democratic principles and practices.
  2. To equip citizens with knowledge and skills to fully participate in a multiparty system of governance.
  3. To empower citizens to participate fully in the governance and development of their country.


By the time you go through this module, you should be able to:

  1. Define the word democracy.
  2. Explain the underlying principles of democracy.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of democratic practices.
  4. Discuss the importance of democratic principles and practices in relation to our lives.
  5. Explain the underlying principles of a multiparty system.
  6. fEffectively participate in the process of decision making in a multiparty democracy.
  7. Relate elections to democratic principles and practices at all levels.
  8. Relate multiparty system to democratic principles and practices in Uganda.

Key messages

  1. Democracy ensures the rule of law and protects the rights of citizens
  2. All power belongs to the people who exercise it through their elected leaders
  3. Your participation is critical for democracy to work and nation building
  4. All citizens are equal regardless of their gender, status and religion
  5. Democracy provides for checks and balances in government
  6. Democracy protects the rights and interests of both majority and minority citizens
  7. Women have equal rights before the law and equal chance to hold power or authority
  8. Your choice gives you a government you deserve
  9. Women participation in democratic processes is critical
  10. It is your right as a citizen of 18 years and above to participate in elections
  11. Elections give people a chance to check their leaders and put a new government in place
  12. Participating in electoral mal-practices is a crime
  13. In a multiparty system different actors compete for political power and space
  14. Opposition parties are watch dogs to government and provide alternative policies
  15. It is your right to belong to and participate in the affairs of a political party or political organization of your choice
  16. People exercise their power through elected leaders and leaders must be accountable and answerable to them
  17. People have a right to raise concerns when democratic principles are violated
  18. Through a democratic election, citizens determine which political party or political organization forms government or opposition
  19. One man one vote
  20. Citizens have a right to exercise their power to recall and sanction non performing elected leaders
  21. Leaders are servants of citizens who vote them to power
  22. Everyone’s view counts in decision making
  23. Always be tolerant to other peoples’ views and decisions even when you do not agree with them

Key Sub topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding democracy
  3. Meaning of democracy
  4. General principles of democratic governance
  5. Types of democratic practices
  6. Different systems of democracy
  7. Importance of Democratic Principles and Practices
  8. Understanding Multiparty System
  9. Effective participation and decision making in a multiparty democracy
  10. Democracy and elections in a multiparty system

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