Three quarters of Ugandans are in favour of maintaining the presidential age limit, a new survey by Afrobarometer has revealed. The survey was conducted between December 26th 2016 and January 8th this year focusing on 1200 respondents in all regions of Uganda.
It focused on a range of proposed electoral reforms and dropping the presidential age limit, which currently stands at between 35 and 75 years. Members of parliament allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party have mooted a proposal to scrap article 102 (b) from the constitution that caps the president’s age.
However, the Afrobarometer survey shows popular support for the age limit. “The 75 per cent of respondents who want to keep the law include 62 per cent who say they feel, “very strongly” on this issue, and majority support holds across the political-party divide as well as across gender, age, education, and regional lines,” said a press statement from Afrobarometer.
The survey also shows that support for the age limit is even stronger among men at 78 percent and urbanites at 81 per cent compared to women at 71 per cent and rural residents at 73 per cent. It also shows that more than eight in 10 Ugandans with at least a secondary education favour keeping the age limit, compared to about seven in 10 among less-educated respondents.
“Even among National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters, support for the age limit is 67 per cent, though considerably weaker compared to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), which stands at 90 per cent and independent respondents at 77 per cent. The survey also shows that support for the age limit is greatest in Kampala at 90 per cent and Central region (86 per cent), dropping to 67 per cent in the Northern region.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in Africa. Six rounds of surveys were conducted in up to 37 Africans countries between 1999 and 2016, and Round 7 surveys (2016/2018) are currently underway.
Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples. The Afrobarometer team in Uganda, led by Hatchile Consult, interviewed 1,200 adult Ugandans between 26 December 2016 and 8 January 2017.