- The European Union Parliament is set to debate the outcome of the February 18, general elections.
According to the European Union head of delegation in Uganda, Kristian Schmidt, he posted on his twitter handle, “EU Parliament debates Uganda 2016 elections”
EU Election Observation Mission came to Uganda following an invitation. The EU EOM findings were based on the information submitted by 137 observers deployed across the country. The mission will continue to observe post-electoral developments and will produce a comprehensive final report, with a detailed evaluation and a set of recommendations in two months’ time.
“I saw the remarkable commitment of Ugandans to participate in their electoral process. Regrettably the Electoral Commission failed to communicate effectively steps that would have been needed to overcome growing tensions caused by markedly delayed delivery of the voting material” said Eduard Kukan, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission on February 20.
Uganda is an important regional actor to the EU. The EU provides financial support to Uganda’s efforts to strengthen regional peace and stability through its substantial contribution of troops to both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and to the AU Regional Task Force against the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Uganda also enjoys financial support from other EU budget lines, which provide support for environmental protection and civil society in particular. Uganda participates in the 7th EU Research Framework Programme. In all, the EU is currently implementing 106 projects in Uganda, with a total value of € 1.175 million.