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Obasanjo hopeful of credible Uganda poll

17 February 2016, 17:10Okoro Chinedu

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 election process.

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.

Also Read: Uganda: 1 killed in violence ahead of presidential polls

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 11 February.

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


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