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EU Will Observe 2021 Polls – Government Clarifies

The Ministry Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has rubbished recent media reports that purported that the European Union had not been invited to participate in observing the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

For the last few months, different media house reported that EU withdrew from observing the polls on grounds that it was not invited.

In the statement that was released on Monday this week, the MoFA said all Diplomatic missions and International organizations were invited and accredited to observe the polls on December 18, 2019 and July 3, 2020.

“The invitation was duly acknowledged by the Office of the EU Head of Delegation and the response letter dated 3rd September 2020, the EU indicated that they would conduct what they termed as ‘Diplomatic Watching Exercise’,” reads part of the statement,

“In addition, a list of EU Diplomats to participate in the exercise was provided, including a request for accreditation,” the statement adds.

MoFA adds that EU sent them another notice dated 17 November, 2020, providing an updated list of diplomats who will participate in the Diplomatic Watching Exercise and also requested for accreditation of three more participants of the upcoming Electoral Expert Mission.

“The Government of Uganda has been engaging with the EU at various levels, including at the highest level, during meetings none of the issues attributed in the press to the EU Representative were raised,” says the statement.

MoFa’s statement confirms the Chairperson Electoral Commission’s earlier statement when he said that no electoral observer was denied chance of participating in the polls observance.

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Justice Simon Byabakama told reporters at the EC Headquarters in Kampala recently that all observers including EU had been duly invited to participate in the polls observing.

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