RB speaks out on Uganda poll violence

THE Election Observation Mission have condemned the violence that rocked the Uganda general elections describing it as being inconsistent with the requirements of the general norms of democracy as they undermined the essential aspects of electoral integrity.

Zambias former President, Rupiah Banda in his preliminary statement on behalf of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) observation mission said security forces proved to intimidate and influence the electoral process against providing law and order.

Mr Banda said there was a lot of public mistrust of the security forces who were accused of favouring the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party to the disadvantage of the opposition party.

He said the recently held general elections in Uganda had a lot of reports of malpractices especially against the rights and freedoms of the opposition political parties.

  The lack of clarity about the role of the crime preventers in the electoral process contributed to fear and apprehension ahead of the elections. This was regrettable, particularly given the perception of some members of the public who saw the crime preventers as a militia group established to favour the incumbent over his opposition,he said.

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