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Electoral Commission is yet to accredit 46 election observers from Britian

Britain to Send over 40 Election Observers to Uganda

by Max Pat
posted onDecember 8, 2020

The British High Commission is seeking for clearance of over 40 personnel to observe the 2021 general polls in Uganda.

In a letter dated December 08, the British High Commission in Kampala has written to the Independent Electoral Commission introducing 46 election observers that should be accredited to observe the January 14 2021 elections.

“In reference to Note Verbale PRO/380/01 sent by Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign missions regarding election observation, this is to notify you that 46 British High Commission staff will be taking part in the election observation and monitoring exercise during the upcoming general elections on 14 January 2021,” reads the letter from Simon Tucker, the First Secretary Political.

It has been a big doubt on whether European countries will send in foreign election observers following the outbreak of COVID-19.

In June this year, the Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Uganda, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici said that the EU will not deploy election observers as Uganda votes in 2021. The EU has been one of the biggest international election monitors in Uganda over the years, with more than 60 election observers in the country in the last general election held in 2016. Ambassador Pacifici said that the COVID-19 pandemic had complicated the electoral process and the plan to deploy observers in the country was next to impossible.

In June 2020, Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama wrote to several international countries to forward names of international election observers for accreditation.

Similarly, the East African Community secretariat in Arusha has also renewed its commitment to send in election observers to Uganda in pursuant to the provisions of Article 6(d), 7(2) and 123(c) of the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community and in accordance with the EAC Principles for Election Observation and Evaluation 2021.

According to Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, the EAC Election Observation Mission will commence in mid- December 2020 with a technical and long term mission that will later on be followed by a short term mission in mid-January 2021.

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