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Observers hail 2011 elections

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th May 2011 03:00 AM

THE 2011 general elections showed some improvement over the previous elections held in 2006, the European Union (EU) election observer have said.

THE 2011 general elections showed some improvement over the previous elections held in 2006, the European Union (EU) election observer have said.

By Barbara Among

THE 2011 general elections showed some improvement over the previous elections held in 2006, the European Union (EU) election observer have said.

Speaking at the release of the election report in Kampala on Friday, the mission chief observer, Edward Scicluna, said the campaigns and polling were conducted peacefully.

“Restraint in campaign rhetoric
contributed to the improved campaign environment and with genuine political commitment by stakeholders, further progress towards a fully pluralistic and multi-party democracy can be achieved,” Scicluna said.

However, the electoral process was marred by what the team called avoidable administrative and logistical failure, which led to an unacceptable number of voters being disenfranchised.

“These substantially affected the results,” Scicluna said.

The report further showed that the power of incumbency was exercised to such an extent as to compromise severely the level of the playing field between the competing candidates and political parties.

The report also recommends that the voter registration system be changed in addition to creating a new register.

It also calls for greater financial accountability during the campaigns and a code of conduct which commits stakeholders to non-violence and the prevention of intimidation.

The report recommends that a dialogue be held soon to find solutions to the loopholes.

The EU head in Uganda, Roberto Ridolfi, called on all parties who participated in the election to engage in a dialogue on how to improve multi-party democracy in the country.

“The question of the legitimacy of the outcome of the election should not now be under question. Moving forward, what is important is that government, political parties and civil society establish a peaceful and conducive dialogue in and outside Parliament,” Ridolfi said.

The report also showed lack of trust in the Electoral commission, which could be addressed by improving the transparency and credibility of appointing commissioners, alongside the provision of security tenure.

Greater consensus, the report said, could be achieved by including opposition and civil society voices in the appointment process, as well as the presidency and parliamentary majority.

Observers hail 2011 elections

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