Enhancing Peace and Security in the Eastern Africa Region

Elections in Uganda

The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the Republic of Uganda between 10th to 15th January 2021 to observe and assess the conduct of the Presidential and Parliamentary electoral process.

The EASF Election Observer Mission was led by H.E. Ambassador Ahamada Hamadi from the Union of the Comoros and the Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Dawit Assefa. The Mission comprised of twenty (20) observers from eight (8) EASF countries namely; Comoros, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Seychelles and Ethiopia.  The EASF EOM also observed visible presence of security forces at the polling stations, maintaining law and order.

EASF Election Observer Mission notes with satisfaction the presence of the security officers in all polling station visited however, we noted numerous reports from stakeholders about police brutality and excess use of force by law enforcements personnel during the electoral process. The assessment of the voting process done by the EASF EOM is based on the objective analysis of the data collected by the observers on the ground. The mission concluded that the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of 14 January 2021 in the Republic of Uganda was conducted in calm and peaceful manner.

The EASF mission has made numerous recommendations in the report which is available HERE.

 

Below: The EASF Election Observers Shortly after Arrival in Kampala, Uganda.

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