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EAC To Send Election Observer Across Uganda

Led by former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, the observers will assess the electoral process, focusing on pre-election activities, polling day, counting and tallying of results.
Ex Tanzania President, Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Uganda's EAC Minister, Hajji Kirunda Kivejinja flag off the observers in Kampala

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The East African Community will deploy at least 17 teams of observers will be deployed in the four regions of Uganda during the February 18th general elections.

 

Led by former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, the observers will assess the electoral process, focusing on pre-election activities, polling day, counting and tallying of results.

 

Mwinyi, who led Tanzania from 1985 until his retirement in 1995, has been appointed to lead a 50-man EAC delegation to observe the elections. He will head the short-term team to observe the overall electoral environment. 

 

Addressing the media at the team's unveiling in Kampala on Friday, Mwinyi said at least 17 teams will be deployed in the four regions to assess the process.

 

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Peter Mathuki, Kenya's representative to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), emphasized the need to promote good governance and human rights within the East African region. He says the team will focus on whether this has been implemented during the election process.

 

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Speaking on behalf of Uganda government, Minister for East African Community Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja assured the observer team that the 2016 elections will be held in a free and fair manner.

 

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Members of the EAC Election Observer Mission have been drawn from different disciplines and include EALA legislators, delegates from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

 

Also on the team are EAC Youth Ambassadors, and technical officers from the EAC Secretariat and EALA.

 

Uganda goes into the polls on February 18 to elect a president, members of parliament and district leaders.