Factors influencing membership to a political party: A case of the Uganda national household governance survey
Douglas Andabati Candia, Abraham Yeyo Owino, Ronald Wesonga
The study aimed at identifying factors influencing membership to a political party in Uganda clustering by region and residence. Assessment was done using a mixed effects logistic regression model and secondary data from the Uganda National Governance Baseline Survey (2013) consisting of 3750 households selected countrywide. Ones’ membership to a political party was significantly affected by age, sex, marital status, education level, work status, presence of a political party office in sub county, politicians responding to people’s concerns, having political party structures and media freedom to air diverse political views. The study recommended establishment of political party offices and structures from the grassroots to the national level. This can be ignited through increased media freedom and funding to support political party activities especially sensitization drives to enlighten the citizenry about the relevance and importance of political parties in fostering democracy, development and government accountability with regards to utilization of national resources.