Uganda

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Question Value
Legal provisions for mandatory referendums at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for optional referendums at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for citizens' initiatives at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for agenda initiatives at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for recall at national level
  • Yes
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the regional level
  • Citizens' initiative
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the local level
  • Citizens' initiative
  • Recall
Legal basis for direct democracy at the national level
  • Constitutional
  • Specific laws/legislation
Legal basis for administrative requirements at the national level
  • Constitutional
  • Specific laws/legislation
Who administers direct democracy mechanisms at the national level?
  • Independent electoral commission
First referendum/initiative held
  • 2000
Has there been a national referendum since 1980?
  • Yes

Question Value
Issues in relation to which referendums are mandatory at the national level
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Only amendments to some provisions (See article 259.2)
Issues in relation to which referendums are optional at the national level
  • Change of the political system
Issues excluded from being the subject of referendums at the national level
  • None
Issues of sub-national referendums regulated at the national level
  • Any issue
Who can initiate an optional referendum at the national level?
  • Legislative majority
  • Registered electors
  • Members of district councils
Who drafts the referendum question?
  • The format of the question is defined by law
Who decides on the final form of the ballot text?
  • Form provided in the referendum act
Quorum requirements for a referendum to be valid
  • Not specified by legislation
Requirements for a referendum to pass
  • Mandatory referendum - simple majority
  • Optional referendum - simple majority
Are referendum results binding?
  • Mandatory referendum - always
  • Optional referendum - always

Question Value
Issues that can be proposed by citizens using the initiative process at the national level
  • Citizens' initiatives - other issues
Issues excluded from being the subject of an initiative at the national level
  • See comment
Who may propose the registration of an initiative?
  • Citizens' initiative - a number of individuals
Materials to accompany an application for registration
  • General explanation of the purpose
Who determines the title of an initiative?
  • Not specified by legislation
What disqualifies a proposed title of an initiative?
  • Not specified by legislation
Who is responsible for checking the legality of initiatives?
  • Independent electoral commission
At which stage legality check is conducted?
  • After its submission but before the registration of an initiative
Who decides the final ballot text when the initiative is put to a vote?
  • Not applicable
When does voting take place once an initiative is qualified for ballot?
  • Not specified by legislation

Question Value
Which individuals/positions may be subject to the recall?
  • Members of the national legislature
What are the grounds for recall?
  • Physical or mental incapacity; Misconduct; Deserting of the electorate
What restrictions are there in relation to the time period in which an individual or position can be recalled?
  • Before the expiry of the term of Parliament
When is the recall put to the vote?
  • Recall is not put to a vote at all
When does the election to replace an individual who has been recalled take place?
  • Not specified by legislation
Can an individual who is the subject of a recall stand on the ballot for his/her own replacement?
  • See comment

Question Value
How many signatures are required to start the formal decision making stage of a direct democracy mechanism?
  • Referendum - proportion of the electorate
  • Citizens' Initiative - proportion of the electorate
  • Recall - proportion of the electorate
What is the deadline for collecting required number of signatures?
  • The question is not applicable as the signatures have to be gathered before the proposal is presented
Restrictions in relation to the individuals who can sign the proposal
  • Referendum - signatories must be registered electors in a specified electoral district
  • Citizens' Initiative - signatories must be registered electors in a specified electoral district
  • Recall - signatories must be registered electors in a specified electoral district
Where can proposals be signed?
  • Anywhere
What information must signatories provide when signing the proposal?
  • Not specified by legislation
Restrictions in relation to signature collection
  • Not specified by legislation
What forms of checks are undertaken to verify signatures?
  • The list of names is displayed in a public place for scrutiny
Who checks the signatures?
  • Agency responsible for the administration of direct democracy mechanisms

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