Ugandans overwhelmingly favour age limit for president, Afrobarometer survey shows


Three-fourths of Ugandans favour maintaining an age limit of 75 years for presidential candidates, a recent Afrobarometer survey shows.

Well before the current heated public debate about the presidential age limit, Afrobarometer asked Ugandans last December/January about a range of proposed electoral reforms. Dropping the existing age limit is the only one that failed to register majority support. (For details on the other questions asked, and responses, see this press release.)

In fact, popular support for the age limit is remarkably strong: The 75% of respondents who want to keep the law include 62% 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.