The Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu has warned election observers to remain objective as Uganda heads to the polls on Thursday.
“Observers, I urge you to be objective in your mission and to prepare and share the observation reports the implementers of the event,” Kiggundu said during a National Briefing of Election Observers for 2016 General Elections at Hotel Africana.
Also today, Kiggundu dispatched election materials including ballot papers from the commission’s warehouse in Banda ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for Thursday February 18.
He said the Commission has received great support and cooperation from stakeholders in all programmes.
“The commission is grateful to all Ugandans in general and candidates for the support and participation in all the electoral processes.”
He said the Commission is confident that the presence of election observers will definitely give confidence and credibility to this election.
He said the EC has adopted new technologies and strategies to enhance the level of transparency and accountability come 18th Feb.
“The Presiding Officers and Agents of Political Parties/Independent candidates will be having these copies at the Polling Stations.”
Kiggundu says there are 1,068 observers in total, International Observer are 142, Embassies/High Commissions sent 184 people, Regional Bodie sent 71, Media is represented by 497 while the international Media is represented by 42 people.
“I am here on the ground, with my two feet still standing and my head still working come 18thFeb,” Kiggundu reminded his audience.
Kiggundu also announced tomorrow 16th Feb 2016 as the closure of presidential campaigns.