Human Rights Commission Names 2016 Election Hotspots

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission says the named areas should get enough civic education, as well as be treated in a special way by security agencies to avoid violence.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission named areas likely to experience election-related violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Areas that have been identified to be prone to election violence are Apaa village and Lakanga in Amuru district known for land conflicts, and Kilak County known for hate speech and physical violence. 

In the central region, some of the hotspots include Sembabule district which recorded incidences of torture in the 2011 general elections. Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts are mentioned in Western Uganda, especially because of the ethnic tensions and land conflicts. 

Also on the list is Masaka Municipality where the walk to work protests were most violent with 11 people shot.

The areas are named based on available information about them, and previous incidents of electoral violence.

Ruth Sekindi, the Director Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services at the Uganda Human Rights Commission says if the hotspots are not well prepared through constant civic education and security vigilance, they may experience violence during the elections.

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Sekindi was speaking during a meeting with security stakeholders at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe, on strategies to fight electoral violence.

The Commission has also set up a situation room in Kampala that coordinates information collected from regional centers to police and other security agents for immediate action. 
John Nuwagira, the Deputy Director of Operations at Uganda Police says police has heightened security and vigilance ahead of the elections.


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