The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has deployed a team of experts to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in highly contested districts.
The Election Observer Mission (IGAD-EOM) that arrived in Kampala on 11th and 14th this month was on Teusday flagged off at Hotel Africana by the Head and spokesperson of the Mission, Yufnalis Okubo.
The Observer Mission is composed of ten participants from IGAD Headquarters.
While addressing the press conference, Okubo said that the team will be deployed in much contested districts of Wakiso, Kampala and Mukono.
“The team will be deployed in groups of two, to cover the poll opening, polling, poll closing and counting and tallying stages of election process,” Okubo said.
“The Observers Teams will come back after the counting process upon which a preliminary report will be prepared and released on a date to be advised soon.” Despite being a small number, Okubo is confident that the samples from the 3 districts will help them describe the atmosphere on if the voting represented the will of the people.
“We don’t have coercive powers to exert on the government, but we shall give a comprehensive factual report on the election process. It is up to the Electoral Commission to consider our recommendations,” Okubo added.
IGAD started deploying to members countries to observe elections in 2010 with Sudan being the first country. In 2011, they took part in the Uganda’s election, covered two referendums in Kenya, elections in South Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya’s last election in 2013.