SENIOR ELECTION OBSERVER URGES FOR PEACE DURING POLLS
By Mulengera Reporter
Renowned independent election observer, Mr. Crispin Kaheru, has added his voice to those who have called for peaceful, positive and active participation in tomorrow’s polls.
“I wish to add my voice on that of those who have called for peaceful, positive and active participation in the election. Although the campaigns have had some intense chaotic scenes, Ugandans are looking forward to a much more serene environment that can give them the confidence to go out of their homes and cast their vote at their respective polling stations,” said Mr. Kaheru in a press statement he sent to media houses.
He added: “I urge all security agents to act professionally and restrain themselves from provocative behaviour. I urge the Electoral Commission to take overall control of all aspects of the electoral environment tomorrow and beyond. Stakeholders including political parties, candidates, the media, civil society, observers and the general electorate should be afforded a conducive environment to play their rightful roles within the polling day context.”
He noted it is the wishes of many Ugandans that the polling day is completed without incidents – security, technical, operational or otherwise.
He also reminded Ugandans to be mindful of the Covid-19 pandemic and adhere to all SOPs.
“Every Ugandan’s life is precious. While taking part in the polling day activities, let’s be mindful of the reality we are in – Covid-19 is real. Participate safely –wash your hands regularly, social distance and wear your mask. I implore everyone to adhere to the electoral guidelines and participate massively, safely, freely and responsibly. Ultimately Uganda should win,” he said.
Mr. Kaheru is the former Coordinator of Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), where pioneered the first ever highly interactive, multimedia messaging voter mobilization campaigns including: “Vote Issues Not Wolokoso”, “Votability” and “Topowa” that dramatically increased voter participation levels in Uganda’s 2011 and 2016 general elections.
He has supported and led technical election observation missions in: Sierra Leone (2018), Lesotho (2017), Ghana (2016), Uganda (2016), Myanmar (2015), Lesotho (2015), Namibia (2014), Egypt (2014), Kenya (2013), Zimbabwe (2013), Sierra Leone (2012), Ghana (2012), Uganda (2011), Kenya (2010), Bangladesh (2008/2009), Pakistan (2007/2008) and Uganda (2006). (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).