Unemployment among youths, coupled with rising prices of goods and a high cost of living have been identified as the primary contributor to electoral violence during elections in Uganda.
Electoral violence encompasses any form of violence or intimidation that occurs throughout the process of conducting elections.
This includes physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or any actions aimed at disrupting or manipulating the electoral process.
It is important to emphasize that electoral violence is illegal and goes against democratic principles.
This revelation came from the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, in a message delivered by the Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission, Richard Kamugisha, during the launch of the African Electoral Alliance National Wide Civic Engagement in Kampala.
Byabakama asserts that people use elections as a trigger to express their dissatisfaction with the authorities regarding the issues plaguing the country, particularly through social media.
He emphasizes the need to be cautious and not be lured into violence, as hate speech promoted on social media worsens the situation. END.