The East African Community (EAC) Election Observation Mission has deployed 17 teams in various regions of Uganda to assess the level of preparedness of the elections as well as the polling process ahead of the February 18 presidential elections.
“The Mission will issue a statement of its preliminary findings of the elections on 20 February 2016 through a press conference. Subsequently, the EAC will release a final and comprehensive report through its policy organs after the end of the electoral process in the Republic of Uganda,” said the former Tanzanaina president Mzee Ali Hassan at the launch of Election Observers from EAC.
According to a statement issued Friday, the Mission which comprises of 50 short-term observers drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, National Human Rights Commissions, Electoral Management Bodies, Civil Society, EAC Youth Ambassadors and Officers from EAC Secretariat is in the country following the invitation by Ugandan government and in fulfillment of the relevant provisions of the Treaty.
The EAC Election Observation Mission arrived in Kampala on February 7, 2016 and will remain in the country until 21 February 2016. It was preceded by a team of election experts from the EAC Partner States who arrived on January 30, 2016. The Mission will observe the concluding stages of the campaign process and engage with various stakeholders as well as observe the voting and counting processes on 18 February 2016.
“In its assessment of the electoral process, I would like to highlight that the EAC Election Observation Mission will be guided by the democratic principles and values outlined in the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance and the EAC Principles for Election Observation and Evaluation. To this end, the assessment of the electoral process in the Republic of Uganda will be carried out in an impartial and objective manner, informed by the principles and guidelines stipulated in the aforementioned standards as well as the legal framework governing the conduct of elections in the country,” noted Mzee Hassan.
EAC flags off elections observers from tanzania let by the former Tanzanian President Hassan Mwinyi.( Holding a flag)