A GROUP of civil society organisations has formed a coalition to monitor election finances and the use of public resources during campaigns and next monthâ€™s elections.
The Coalition for Election Finance Monitoring (CEFIM), spearheaded by transparency Uganda Chapter and Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, said it was yesterday launched by the Deputy Inspector General of Government, Raphael Baku, at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
It is mandated to work with the media to raise awareness and stimulate civic responsiveness in order to promote transparency and integrity in the electoral process.
CEFIM also monitors compliance of political actors with electoral laws and regulations and use of public resources for campaigns.
Baku said the war against corruption in Uganda was still very far from being won. He called upon civic organisations and the general public to rally behind the government anti-corruption agencies and expose corruption.
He said the factors that have made it difficult to root out corruption were weak contribution from the public and civic organisations and inadequate facilitation of the anti-corruption agencies to effectively perform their responsibilities.
â€œWe must realise that state agencies by themselves cannot successfully fight corruption, neither can civic organisations,â€ he said.
Baku said CEFIM was a good idea because election financing is prone to corruption due to the demands made on candidates by voters.
Group to monitor election finances