Hassan Mwinyi: Uganda Election Orderly, Exemplary

Mwinyi handing over the report to Sezibera in Tanzania

Former Tanzanian leader, sickness Ali Hassan Mwinyi, this web has presented the final observation report from the recently concluded General Elections in Uganda, more about praising the electoral activity as orderly.

The ceremony took place at the residence of the Former President in Dar es salaam, Tanzania recently.

“I was very happy to observe the patience and orderliness with which the people of Uganda conducted her General Elections,” said Mwinyi.

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“These and many other things that have also been highlighted in the report, can be used as benchmarks for which other countries can borrow good practices from,” he added.

President Museveni won the election with 60 percent of the vote while his main challenger Dr Kizza Besigye came close at 35 percent.

Former Prime Minister and presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi protested the outcome of the exercise, claiming rigging and disenfranchisement.

The Supreme Court threw out the petition as many of the allegations therein were proven groundless.

The European Union Observers’ report was critical of the electoral process.

While receiving the Report, the outgoing Secretary General Dr Richard Sezibera thanked the Former President for his leadership and commitment to the EAC Elections Observers Mission, adding that, “the cooperation between the EAC and other stakeholders led to sustainable peace in the country.”

The report consists of recommendations to streamline and improve the electoral process for future in the Republic of Uganda.

The EAC Observer Mission Report will be submitted to, among others, the Electoral Commission of Uganda, through the EAC Council of Ministers for consideration and implementation.

The Mission’s mandate was to observe the overall electoral environment, pre-election activities, the polling day, the counting and tallying of results.

The members of the EAC Election Observer Mission were drawn from different but complementary disciplines and includes: members of the East African Legislative Assembly, delegates from four Partner States (Kenya, United Republic Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi), EAC Youth Ambassadors, Mission Leader, Mission Coordinator, one EAC Executive Staff and technical officers from the Secretariat as well as EALA.


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