The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) has deployed a contingent of election observers that will oversee the election process in Uganda.
Uganda will go to the polls this Thursday January 14, 2021.
Addressing the media at Silver Springs Hotel, Ambassador Ahamada Hamadi, the diplomatic advisor to the President of Comoros who is also the Head of mission, said that the contingent consists of 20 members that were drawn from 7 of the member States that make up the Eastern Africa Standby Force.
Ambassador Ahamada noted that the overall objective of the mission will be to observe the entire election process and offer a balanced and informed assessment of the elections.
“Our legal mandate, as the EASF, is guided by the constitution and the electoral laws of the Republic of Uganda,” he said.
Ambassador Ahamada Hamadi the Head of mission speaking to the media.The information manager, Jules Hoareau, said that the 20 observers will be deployed on regional basis to cover as many polling stations with concentration on hotspot areas adding that the wider part of the observer mission will be done by local observer groups they have trained.
This group joins other election observer missions that arrived in the country on Monday including those from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the East African Community (EAC).