Observation is meant to verify whether the electoral processes adhere to international standards.
PIC: By-elections will take place on Thursday
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), together with the South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy, are to deploy 30 community election observers to Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district, a head of by-election slated for Thursday.
The observers will be deployed in 11 sub-counties of Ruhaama. These are; Ntungamo, Itojo, Nyakyera, Ruhaama, Ruhaama wast, Rukoni east, Rukoni west, Kafunjo TC, Rweikiniro, Kitwe Trading Centre and Rubobo.
“Observers will report on general election administration, including opening, polling and closing processes of polling stations. They will also report on the tallying and announcement of results, conduct of security agencies, role of media, participation of special interest groups as well as the immediate aftermath of the by-election,” reads a statement issued by the CCEDU secretariat.
According to CCEDU, observation is intended to verify whether the electoral processes adhere to international standards and national legal provisions of conducting credible, free and fair elections. Observers will also pay special attention to any arising good practices that could be replicated in subsequent elections.
The Ruhaama Constituency seat fell vacant after the death of area MP William Beijukye Zinkuratire (NRM) on November 4, last year. The Thursday’s bye-election attracted a total of four candidates that include Moses Mugabe Kahima (NRM), Eng. Jackson Mubangizi (Independent), Dr. Penninah Bainomugisha (Independent) and Vastine Orishaba (Independent).
The campaigns in the by-election are said to have commenced on December 11 last year after the nomination of the candidates by the Electoral Commission.
“Although campaigns have been largely peaceful, community observers have noted widespread reports of political intimidation, especially in Rweikiniro sub-county. Instances of voter bribery, isolated incidents of violence as well as cases of candidates holding campaign meetings beyond 6:00pm, were reported, which is in contravention of the EC guidelines on campaigning,” CCEDU said.