Iran's presidential election: With uncertainty surrounding Iran's efforts to restore its 2015 nuclear deal and growing hardship at home as a result of years of US sanctions, Iranian observers see voter turnout as a referendum on the leadership's handling of a variety of crises.
This combination of four photos shows candidates for the June 18, 2021, Iranian presidential elections from left to right; Abdolnasser Hemmati, Mohsen Rezaei, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi and Ebrahim Raisi. Iranians will vote Friday on who should be the country's next president amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.
State-linked opinion polling and analysts put hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the dominant front-runner in a field of just four candidates....
Nigerian political observers are expressing concern over the many attacks on the facilities of Nigeria's electoral body - the Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC. INEC officials say the commission has recorded at least 42 attacks on its facilities since the last polls in 2019.
Nine attacks occurred in 2019 and 21 others took place last year. But in the last four weeks, 12 more offices of the commission have either been set ablaze or vandalized.
The latest incident occurred Sunday in southeastern Imo state. Ballot boxes, voting cubicles, power generators and utility vehicles were destroyed.
Election officials are evaluating the extent of the damage but say an initial assessment shows it could significantly affect their ability to conduct credi...
Republic of Congo opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment on Monday, the day after presidential elections.
Kolelas was seen as the main rival to veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who was expected to win Sunday's vote.
The election was boycotted by the main opposition and under an internet blackout, with critics voicing concerns over the transparency of the polls seen as tilted towards Sassou Nguesso.
Kolelas "died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon," his campaign director Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda says.
The sixty-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday afternoon, and was unable to host his last campaign meeting in Brazzaville.&n...
The President of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E.Moussa Faki Mahamat has decided to deploy an Electoral Observation Mission (MOEUA) in the Republic of Congo as part of the presidential election of March 21, 2021.
The MOEUA is led by H.E.M. Dileita Mohamed Dileita, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Djibouti. It includes 20 observers from election management bodies, academics, African civil society organizations as well as the African Union Commission. These are deployed from March 16 to 26, 2021.
The overall objective of the MOEUA in the Republic of Congo will be to: (i) provide an accurate report including an objective and impartial assessment of the presidential election, including the level of compliance thereof with national, regional, continental ...
Publishing of the Final Results for Presidential Elections 2021
The Electoral Commission conducted Presidential Elections on Thursday 14th January 2021. By law, the results for Presidential Elections must be declared within 48 hours from the closure of polls. The polls closed at 4:00pm on Thursday 14th January and the forty-eight hours expired at 4:00pm on Saturday 16th January 2021.
The provisional results of the Presidential Elections were announced cumulatively in the order in which they were being received, leading to a declaration by the Electoral Commission, based on the total number of thirty-three thousand four hundred and sixty-one (33,461) polling stations, which had been duly received and verified before the expiry of the 48 hours.
These stations account for 96.47% of ...
The NRM Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba has regretted the party's declining performance in Buganda but said this should not worry NRM supporters since the party gained more support in other regions
NRM Supporters celebrate at their headquarters in Kampala,Uganda.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
NRM Supporters celebrate at their headquarters in Kampala,Uganda.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
Speaking at the party headquarters yesterday Ms Lumumba said even in Buganda where they didn't perform well there were no polling stations where President Yoweri Museveni the party presidential flag bearer scored zero.
A bus decorated with a portrait of Uganda's President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was declared winner for the 6th term.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/K...
The EU and its Member States are one of the largest development partners of Uganda. Most of EU funding goes to support government institutions but through their cooperation programmes, the EU and its Member States also support civil society organisations and private sector entrepreneurs.
Civil society organisations contribute to the achievement of Uganda’s development objectives and are important stakeholders and development agents in the implementation of the third National Development Plan of Uganda. The EU and its Member States wish to underline the essential role played by civil society in any democratic country including in the electoral process. Civil society organisations engage in domestic observation, voter education, voter participation and violence preventi...
on U.S. Concern Over Denying Ugandan CSOs Access
to Their Bank Accounts
U.S. Embassy Kampala
January 9, 2021
The U.S. government remains concerned over disturbing signs that civic space is closing. With the election only days away, restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs), delayed accreditation of domestic observers by the Electoral Commission, and interference with non-partisan voter education programming funded by Uganda’s international democratic partners have raised serious concerns about Uganda’s preparedness for a transparent, inclusive election.
Today we remain particularly concerned over how Ugandan institutions continue to block the bank accounts of several reputable and well-known CSOs, on questionable bases, preventing the...
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th January, 2021: The East African Community Election Observer Mission to the Uganda General Election to be held on 14th January, 2021 has been formally launched.
H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye (middle).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
Speaking during the launch of the mission at a Kampala hotel, the Head of the Mission, H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, who is also a former president of the Republic of Burundi, said that the Community attaches great importance to the promotion of democracy, which will in turn guarantee political stability in the entire region.
H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye addressing the Observers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
“Further to the invitation of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, the...
A group of Ugandan women intercessors in Conjunction with wailing mothers have prayed for their Country for Unity and peace ahead of the General Elections due on the 14th January 2020.
KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy delivering her remarks during the Ceremony.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
The Prayers held at Kololo Airstrip on Sunday were coordinated by Mrs Jolly Kaguhangire presided over by the the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority Ms. Dorothy Kisaka who represented the first lady and the Minister For Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni.
KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy( R) with the Coordinator of the event Mrs Kaguhangire Jolly .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy( R) wit...
We shall not allow Cameras at the Polling Stations.We shall also not allow selfies in these places.But, Those with Cameras can take Photos outside these ringed fences.
The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama;Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama said this at the Official Dispatch of Polling Materials for Special Interest Groups, Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 2021 on wednesday at their warehouse Stores in Banda,Kampala.
The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama with him team flag off the electoral materials.;Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
_Wednesday 6th January 2021_
As you are aware, the Electoral Commission, commenced on packing of polling m...
President Museveni has appointed Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga as the Kampala joint security operations coordinator reporting directly to the Commander in Chief.
UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, told the Daily Monitor that Maj Gen Muhanga will be the overall operations coordinator for all security agencies.
"This means he will be the link between joint operations of the police force, the military and intelligence agencies,” Lt Col Akiiki said on Friday.
UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, has confirmed that Maj Gen Muhanga will be the overall operations coordinator for all security agencies.
“This means he will be the link between joint operations of the police force, the military and intelligence agencies,” Lt Col Akiiki said on Friday.
Kampala,UgandaThe Electoral Commission has started accrediting national and international Election Observers for the 2021 General Elections.According to the Chairperson of the Accreditation Committee, who is also Deputy Chairperson, Electoral Commission, Hajat Aisha Lubega, the EC Accreditation Centre, based at Serena Kampala Hotel, was officially opened on 22nd December 2020, and will receive and process approved applications up to Monday 11th January 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.At least forty-nine (49) national and international organisations, diplomatic missions and regio...
The NRM party has said they are willing to abide by the Electoral Commission’s directive to suspend all campaign meetings in 12 districts and cities across the country.
NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba during the Weekly Press Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
EC Chairman Justices Simon Byabakama Mugenyi effective yesterday suspended all campaign meetings in districts and cities categorized by Ministry of Health as having high spread of COVID-19. The commission noted that despite several reminders to candidates to conduct campaigns in a manner that will not put the lives of Ugandans at risk, some candidates have continued to address mass gatherings, which has led to fast spread of the virus in Uganda.
Francis Kalibala, a private bodyguard attached to National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has been knocked dead.
According to Kyagulanyi, his body guard “was run over by a military police patrol truck” as they drove to Kampala from Masaka.
Francis Kalibala, a private bodyguard
“I regret to announce the death of our security team member Mr. Francis Kalibala also known as Frank. Francis was run over by a military police patrol truck number H4DF 2382 which had blocked us in Busega as we were taking comrade Kasirye Ashraf for emergency medical attention in Rubaga hospital. Francis past away a few minutes ago in Rubaga hospital. May your life never perish in vain brother. Rest in peace. A very sad day,” Ky...