COMESA has deployed a short-term election observer delegation to Uganda to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on 18 February 2016. This follows an invitation by the Government of Uganda.

The delegation arrived in Uganda on Sunday 14 February 2016 led by Ambassador Ashraf Gamal Rashed, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders from Egypt. The mission includes staff from COMESA Secretariat and nominees from selected COMESA Member States with accredited embassies in Uganda.

The team will observe the electoral process until 20 February 2016 covering voting, vote counting and declaration of election results.

As part of its mission, the delegation will consult electoral stakeholders including political parties, security, the Uganda election management body, civil society, and the media among others. The delegation will also exchange views with the diplomatic community as well as with other election observers.

“The COMESA Electoral Observation Mission welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the democratic process in the Republic of Uganda and looks forward to the cooperation of all Ugandans,” the Mission Leader Amb. Rashed said in a statement issued on arrival in the capital, Kampala.

The observation process will be guided primarily by the constitution and legal framework of the Republic of Uganda, as read with relevant international and regional instruments including the COMESA Guidelines on Election Observation.