Regional election observers have released their preliminary findings from last Thursday’s elections terming it as generally free and calling for calm as the Independent Electoral Commission prepares to announce the country’s next president this evening.
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However, unlike their local counterparts, the regional observers refrained from being vindictive of the election process.
From the information they managed to gather from the build up to Thursday February 18th and the events thereafter, the regional observes concluded that the election exercise was generally free and fair.
Yufnalis Okubo who led the IGAD Observers said that the Thursday election exercise was commendable by world standards.
“We did notice certain practices that will serve as a good example to the regional states, such as availability of the voters’ register to agents at every polling station and the presidential debate which is now taking root in the region,” he said.
Mr Okubu also revealed that his team had noticed a remarkable improvement in this year’s election compared to that of 2011, and projected that the process would be much better in 2021.
“In our opinion, the 2016 general election met the minimum international standards of a free and fair election. We urged the people of the Republic of Uganda to remain calm as the process of tallying the final vote is still underway.”
He commended the people of Uganda for turning up in big numbers to cast their vote, and the electoral commission “for the manner in which they handled this heavy task in the interest of the people of the Republic of Uganda.”
Ambassador Ashraf Rashid, who led the COMESA team, termed the election process as generally fair, promising to make more conclusive observations after the results are announced.
Meanwhile the East African Community observers avoided making positive or negative conclusions.
The EAC team leader and former Tanzanian President Al Hassan Mwinyi described this year’s election as most competitive of all the previous ones on the country.
He commended the big voter turn up, and the electoral commission for sharing information in its accessibility.
The regional observers’ findings and conclusions defer significantly from the local observers who yesterday concluded that the election process was not free or fair.
The Citizens’ Elections Observers Uganda (CEON-U) discredited the entire presidential and parliamentary election process citing irregularities that were witnessed in the opening of the polling stations, set up, voting, closing and counting.
EON-U Chairperson, Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana highlighted that despite the high turn up of voters to elect the leaders of their choice, the Electoral Commission (EC) didn’t meet the standards of a free and fair election.
“We commend EC for the collective decisions that they took during yesterday’s polling; however, their conduct left many Ugandans dissatisfied,” said Dr. Ssewanyana.
“The extension of polling in some parts of Wakiso and Kampala districts was indeed welcome. However, this has got peculiar impact that we need to look into,” Ssewanyana noted.
Ssewanyana said the observers concluded that the elections were not free and fair and that the election process and voting doesn’t measure up to the expected standards.
Regionally President Yoweri Museveni is largely considered a strong pillar in the unity and progression of the east and central African region.
Several leaders from the neighboring countries have, on a number of occasions cautioned Ugandan to refrain from riddance of the President who if announced winner this evening will be extending his rule to 35 years.
With only less the 17 % of the remaining votes to be announced by the electoral commission, and http://chirofitroseville.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-deprecated.php incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has nearly both his feet inside the State House according to the latest results.
Eng Badru Kiggundu in the 9th round of preliminary results he announced at the Nambole National Tally center revealed that President Yoweri Museveni was leading the rest of the contenders and had now reached 5, sale http://cocktaildream.be/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php 047, unhealthy 540 votes representing 61% of the vote.
Museveni according to results extracted from the EC computers at 11:25a on Saturday was being followed by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye with a distant 2,826,644 representing 34%.
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).
The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.
The latest results were from 23340 polling stations representing 83.2% of the total results.