Women rights promotion organization, the Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE), has established an election violence watchdog team.
According to the Isis-WICCE, the team will have cluster teams all over the country which will handle or inform relevant authorities about violence related issues.
Addressing the media in Kampala today, the Executive Director Isis-WICCE, Helen Kezie-Nwoha, said that the organisation had trained women and youths from all parts of the country to deal with violence during elections.
She said that the trained groups have the confidence and trust of the people and politicians, to help them reconcile warring sides, and also enable people in communities to solve their differences amicably.
“They are going to be mediators of conflict,” Ms Kezie-Nwoha said. Further, she said, apart from the district and village watchdog monitors, the Isis-WICCE election observers will also handle the minor violence related issues.
According to Ms Kezie-Nwoha, the main watchdog team ‘The Situation Room’ will be at Sheraton Hotel Kampala, and will receive complaints from its teams across the county and then forward them to relevant authorities. The Electoral Commission will also have officials in the room.
“The National Situation Room will handle issues that get out of hand. We will forward the complaint to the EC desk,” Ms Kezie-Nwoha said, adding that prominent women from Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda will join influential Ugandan women at the Sheraton.
Police has not yet confirmed it will join the watchdog team but Ms. Kezie-Nwoha hopes they do.
Meanwhile, Ms Kezie-Nwoha said the organization was in talks with the Uganda Communications Commission to acquire toll free lines, to help those who lack resources to file their violence-related complaints with the watchdog team.
Other rights organisations on the watchdog team include Angie Brooks International Center Liberia, Institute of Social Transformation, Forum For Women in Democracy (FOWODE), Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) among others.