The United States Embassy and the British High Commission have submitted
a list of observers to the Electoral Commission.
According to the list that Uganda Radio Network has seen the USA
Embassy has up to 70 people, while the British High Commission has submitted a
list of 46 proposed observers.
The East African Community has said it is also due to submit its list of
observers to the EC.
The new USA Embassy Ambassador Natalie E. Brown is part of the team that will
observe the elections.
Last month, Attilio Pacifici the European Union
(EU) Ambassador to Uganda said that the EU delegation hopes to put together a group of between
70 and 80 people divided into 20 teams who will traverse the country observing
the election process.
According to the EU, although they have made recommendations to
the government, they have never been implemented.
The EU, African Union and Commonwealth have been at the center of the election
of observance in the country, but the situation is made different because of
COVID-19 restrictions. The US observer team will be drawn from the staff
of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.
The US Embassy spokesperson Tony Kujawa says that they are developing plans to
have Embassy staff conduct the diplomatic observation of Uganda’s general
elections on January 14, 2021.
“The United States government does not take sides or support
any specific candidate or party in Uganda’s upcoming elections. The
United States supports the democratic process itself. The purpose of a
diplomatic observation of elections is to demonstrate the U.S. interest in a
free, fair, peaceful, and inclusive electoral process.”
He says that they will ensure strict impartiality, non-interference and
compliance with local laws that guide diplomatic observation of elections.
Kujawa, however, says that details of the embassy’s observer teams were still
being finalized by press time.
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Asked if the list of observers submitted by the Embassy to the
Electoral Commission would cover the entire country, Kujawa said that the list
is still being finalized.
Attempts to ascertain the accreditation process and number of
Observers from the Electoral Commission was futile by press time.