The Uganda Electoral Commission has started accrediting national and international Election Observers for the 2021 General Elections.
According to Hajat Aisha Lubega, the Chairperson of the Accreditation Committee and Deputy Chairperson, Electoral Commission, the EC Accreditation Centre, based at Serena Kampala Hotel, was officially opened on December 22, 2020, and will receive and process approved applications up to Monday January 11, 2021.
“Section 16 (1) (a) of the Electoral Commission Act, gives the Commission powers to accredit representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, media and any other duly registered institutions to observe electoral activities,” a statement from the EC says in part.
The Commission says about forty-nine (49) national and international organisations, diplomatic missions and regional institutions have shown interest in observing the 2021 elections with the first category (Presidential and Parliamentary) scheduled for 14th January 2021.
Hajat Aisha however said that the Kampala Accreditation Center will be used to process applications for observation for the National Elections Results Tally Centre, as well as tally centers for Kampala Capital City, Wakiso and Mukono districts.
She added that Observers for other district tally centers across the country will have their Accreditation issued by the respective District Returning Officers.
Hajat Aisha also emphasized that accredited observers will have to comply with election observer guidelines and Code of Conduct issued by the Electoral Commission, and with the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of Covid-19.