The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has asked the Electoral Commission to publish “without delay” the detailed results from each polling station for the presidential and parliamentary elections on its website including scanned copies of the Declaration of Results Forms.
In a press statement realized on Thursday, the Observer Mission said publishing results will enable voters and candidates to evaluate the election results.
Observation Mission chief observer, Mr Eduard Kukan said that publication of inclusive information on election results constitute international best practice in the conduct of democratic elections.
“The Electoral Commission’s accountability is very important in the post-electoral environment,” he was quoted in the statement.
“The European Union Election Observation Mission will continue to observe the post-electoral environment. The electoral process is completed only when all candidates have rightfully exercised the relevant legal avenues without fear, intimidation or other undue restrictions,” he added.
Kukan asked police to release FDC candidate Kizza Besigye who is being closely monitored by police and other party agents as well as local leaders who were arrested in Mbarara.
“The restrictions on freedom of movement of the FDC leadership in Kampala, as well as the arrests of local candidates and party agents in Mbarara, occurred while the party is still collecting documents, including the declaration of result forms, from its agents in the field,” the statement said.
The statement further added; “The European Union Election Observation Mission encourages all stakeholders, including the police, to adhere to the rule of law and to show equal respect for each and every citizen’s fundamental freedoms.”
Inspector General of Police Kale kayihura on Wednesday said since;“Besigye has not retracted his statements of defiance and incitement to violence, Police shall continue to regulate and closely monitor his movements so that he does not pose danger to public peace and national security.”