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IGAD, EAC Election Observers Arrive Ahead of Polls

Election observers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC) have arrived in the country ahead of Thursday’s polls.

The 22-man IGAD team led by Mr Siraj Fegessa arrived in the country on Monday, January 11, 2021 while that of EAC comprising 74 people arrived on Sunday.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, Mr Fegessa said they have deployed their team in five districts.

“We came up with a lot of issues to be discussed but for the time moment we deployed our teams to these five district areas because this is a mission to take a sample. We have limited capacity in human as well as other areas. We hope the samples we get from these observations will give us the necessary information going on in the country,” he said.

He explained that they came on the invitation of the Electoral Commission of Uganda.

He said they will be stationed in Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso. Luweero and Mpigi.

“The IGAD observer team will convene in Kampala after the counting process upon which a preliminary report will be prepared and released on a date to be advised soon,” Mr Fegessa said.

On the other hand, Mr Domitien Ndayizeye, the former Burundi president, who led the EAC mission told journalists in Kampala on Sunday that they will reinforce the domestic election observers and make recommendations for Uganda and the partner states.

“It is not our role to change what Uganda does. Our work is to observe and report. We are coming for observation but where we can, we shall advise but you (Ugandans) must make your own decisions. The objective of the mission will be to observe the electoral process and offer a balanced assessment,” Mr Ndayizeye, accompanied by EAC Secretary General Ambassador Liberat Mfumukeko and other members, said.

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