The Electoral Commission Secretary Sam Rwakoojo has praised the work done by different stakeholders in pushing electoral democracy in Uganda.
Partners, both local and foreign, Rwakoojo said, had been pivotal in the Commission’s successful election exercises from presidential to lower local councils since 1996.
“The Commission has been able to organize and conduct all these electoral exercises, and the ongoing Roadmap for 2020/2021, with the support and participation of various stakeholders,” Rwakoojo said.
“On behalf of the Electoral Commission, I extend our appreciation to all our stakeholders, who include, among others, the Government of Uganda, development partners and the international community, security agencies, non-governmental and civil society organisations, political parties and organisations, the business community, religious leaders and organisations, and the media.”
The EC secretary was speaking Wednesday at the opening of the Symposium on Strengthening the Electoral Process in Uganda at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
He, in a special way thanked the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) who organized the symposium.
“UNDP has particularly been a dedicated partner in the effort to improve our delivery of electoral services. We are grateful to have UNDP as a partner in the organising of this Symposium,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking earlier at the symposium, the EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the commission is stepping up efforts to sensitive Ugandans as a way of dealing with the growing apathy on election matters.
Byabakama said the commission had noticed and become concerned that many Ugandans were not paying attention to election issues.
“We are concerned, when people express skepticism, little enthusiasm or interest in what is going on we have to be concerned,” he said.
“That is why are trying as much as possible to engage with the people, such as the local leaders at the lower levels, the political party leaders, the media and others.
The Symposium was running under the theme: Strengthening the Electoral Process in Uganda: Sharing Regional Electoral Experiences and Good Practices.