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IGAD team arrives for elections observation

By Mary Karugaba

Added 12th February 2016 09:53 PM

The observers were chosen from 10 IGAD organizations and are here on government invitation. The team will be deployed in pre-selected deployment areas

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The Third Deputy Prime Minister for East African Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja (Left) shaking hands with the Head of Mission Ali Hassan Mwinyi (Right) as the the EAST African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Team Leader, Peter Mathuki looks on during the East African Community Election Observers in Uganda press briefing on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Imperial Hotel in Kampala. The IGAD team has also arrived in trhe country. Photo by Shamim Saad

The observers were chosen from 10 IGAD organizations and are here on government invitation. The team will be deployed in pre-selected deployment areas

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has deployed a ten-man delegation to observe next week's Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.

Part of the delegation led by Yufnalis Okubo- IGAD Legal Counsel, arrived in the country on Thursday and the remaining members are expected to arrive in Kampala on Monday next week.

The observers were chosen from 10 IGAD organizations and are here on government invitation.  The team will be deployed in pre-selected deployment areas.

A statement by IGAD secretariat states that the observers are here to assist member states in their efforts to conduct free and fair elections by providing positive and constructive feedback that would help to improve similar processes in the region.

"IGAD is deploying observers that have been properly trained to take the task of observation with the requisite efficiency and integrity," the statement states.

IGAD Election Observer Missions are meant to facilitate the gradual development of a democratic election culture in our region.

Prior to elections day, the team is to meet with officials of the Electoral Commission, political parties and other key stakeholders and hold consultations and briefings with relevant authorities.

According to the Electoral Commission deputy chairman Joseph Biribonwa, the Commission has accredited 1800 local and international observer groups and individuals to monitor the elections.

Biribonwa said the Commission will hold a meeting with all accredited  observers on February15 at Hotel Africana.

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