|dc.description.abstract||The study sought to examine the extent to which stakeholder management strategies
employed by the E.C of Uganda, affect the compliance by election administrators with
electoral guidelines. Specifically this research sought to examine the effect of
stakeholder identification procedures on compliance with electoral guidelines in Kasese
Town council, to establish the effect of stakeholder analysis on compliance with
electoral guidelines in Kasese Town council, to examine the effect of the adopted
strategy of training on compliance with electoral guidelines in Kasese Town council, to
find out the effect of the adopted strategy of facilitation on compliance with electoral
guidelines in Kasese Town council and to evaluate the moderating effect of political
interference on compliance with electoral guidelines in Kasese Town council.
The study focused on election administrators in Kasese Town Council, including
polling officials, party agents, tally clerks and supervisors. Responses were sought from
officials in the E.C planning departments and the media houses in Kasese District.
Using a case study design, data was collected through self administered questionnaires,
interview guides and documentary review.
Findings of the study indicate that compliance was greatly affected by inadequate
procedures for identification of election officials. After recruitment, no attempts were
made to clearly analyze the needs, attitudes and expectations of these officials. Training
strategies lacked in methodology, duration and content while training environments
were too crowded. Responses on facilitation indicated gaps in the provision of
transport, communication, technical support and allowances. Although traces of political interference were reported, analysis of this as a moderating variable had very
low significance averaging about 0.51.
The study recommends outsourcing of the recruitment function for officials at
supervisor level and professional approaches in identification of election officials
including administration of standard evaluation criteria like competence tests. To
understand election officials, there should be wider consultation with stake holders at
sub county level. Training should be more practical, cover all aspects of elections and
last for more than a day in more conducive environments. Better compliance levels will
require improved enumeration and better provision for transport, communication and
technical support to polling officials.
There is need for more research on other stakeholders like security organs, political
parties, and media houses. Studies should also be conducted comparing different
election regimes locally and abroad to assess levels of improvement and to recommend
better approaches for the future.||en_US