Dr. Makase Nyaphisi, the head of the observer mission at the Electoral Forum of Southern Africa Development Community SADC says the Commission should ensure there is no intimidation of voters on polling day so they exercise their right to elect leaders.
During a meeting between the Commission and local and international observers in Kampala on Monday, some of the groups noted the growing concern from opposition political parties and civil society on the credibility of the Commission to conduct the 2016 general elections in a transparent manner.
Former Zambia President, Rupiah Banda, who is heading an observer mission team from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EIPA) says the EC must ensure that the conduct of the elections reflect the principles of democracy, including free participation of citizens in the polls.
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Dr. Makase Nyaphisi, the head of the observer mission at the Electoral Forum of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) says the Commission should ensure there is no intimidation of voters on polling day so they exercise their right to elect leaders.
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A total of 2400 local and international observers have been accredited by the EC to monitor the elections.
Engineer Badru Kiggundu, EC chairman assured the observer teams that the Commission is ready to deliver a credible election, in the midst of doubt and criticism from several quarters.
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Responding to concerns from some of the observers over fear of violence before and after the elections, Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, said the Police has deployed its officers in communities and polling stations to avert any violence that may arise.
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Carla Benini, Political Officer at the United States Embassy urged the Commission to ensure that the national voters' register and Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) are available to identify voters without the Voter Location Slips (VLS) or national IDs.