The Uganda Peoples Congress branch and constituency elections of 1970

The authors discuss the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) branch and constituency elections of October-November 1970 in terms of their meaning for the development of the UPC as a political institution. While attention in Uganda has turned to a new regime, new leaders and new policies (the coup d’etat of 25 January 1971 that overthrew President Obote and brought General Amin to Power), understanding the course of political development before 25 January 1971 is still essential to understanding the future of Ugandan politics. Although the electoral reforms and elections of 1970 represented a genuine attempt on the part of President Obote to produce changes in the Ugandan political system and the Ugandan political elite in order to improve his ability to bring to fruition his goals of economic and social change, the analysis shows, that for several reasons, the attainment of these goals would have been very unlikely. Notes, tables.

Title: The Uganda Peoples Congress branch and constituency elections of 1970
Authors: Cohen, D.L.
Parson, J.
Year: 1973
Periodical: Journal of Commonwealth Political Studies
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 46-66
Language: English
Geographic term: Uganda
Abstract: The authors discuss the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) branch and constituency elections of October-November 1970 in terms of their meaning for the development of the UPC as a political institution. While attention in Uganda has turned to a new regime, new leaders and new policies (the coup d’etat of 25 January 1971 that overthrew President Obote and brought General Amin to Power), understanding the course of political development before 25 January 1971 is still essential to understanding the future of Ugandan politics. Although the electoral reforms and elections of 1970 represented a genuine attempt on the part of President Obote to produce changes in the Ugandan political system and the Ugandan political elite in order to improve his ability to bring to fruition his goals of economic and social change, the analysis shows, that for several reasons, the attainment of these goals would have been very unlikely. Notes, tables.