Lagos - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
has expressed his hope Uganda will enjoy a peaceful and credible election.
Polls are scheduled for Thursday.
Obasanjo, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, who
led Nigeria as President between 1999 and 2007, joined the team in Kampala on
15 February ahead of the scheduled presidential and parliamentary polls.
“As observers, we hope to see a transparent and credible
Our eyes are open, and we will report what we see without
fear or favour,” Obasanjo commented.
“All stakeholders, including party candidates and
supporters, election officials, police and security forces, should play their
part in ensuring voters are free to express their preference at the ballot box
and the election is conducted peacefully, without resort to intimidation or
violence,” he said.
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Commonwealth election observer teams travelled to Arua,
Gulu, Kabale, Kampala, Jinja, Masindi and Mbale.
Obasanjo said they would be utterly impartial and
objective in conducting their observation duties, acting in their individual
capacities as independent Commonwealth citizens.
“Our assessment will be our own, and we will aim to be as
constructive as possible,” Obasanjo continued.
“I wish the people of Uganda well and pledge the
unwavering solidarity of the Commonwealth family to the strengthening of the
country’s democracy,” he added.
The Commonwealth Observer Group has been in Uganda since
The group’s eminent members include serving and former
politicians, electoral commissioners, human rights, gender, youth and media
experts, hailing from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, India,
Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and
the United Kingdom.
- CAJ News