Obasanjo assured Ugandans that the Commonwealth’s assessment and report will accurately reflect the group's observations
The chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged all stakeholders to refrain from acts which could affect the peaceful and orderly conduct of the election.
He also confirmed that an interim assessment of their observations will be issued on 20 February.
“Today is an opportunity for the people to exercise their democratic right and express their will through the ballot box. It is vitally important that all stakeholders respect the franchise and refrain from acts of violence and intimidation,” the former Nigeria head of state stated.
“As Commonwealth observers, our role is to consider whether the election has been conducted credibly and transparently.
We are looking not only at election day, but the whole electoral process, and whether it is compliant with both Ugandan’s laws and the international and regional standards to which the country has committed” he added.
He assured Ugandans that the Commonwealth’s assessment and report will accurately reflect the group's observations, insisting that all observers must “say it as you see it”.
“We are all men and women of integrity and I do not believe any of us would want to sacrifice his or her integrity on the altar of unnecessary convenience" Obasanjo added.