The European Union has deployed a team of experts to carry out a post-election assessment of the 2016 polls.
At the invitation of Uganda, the Election Follow-up Mission (EFM), will be in the country from March 5 to 8, 2018 and their presence follows a preparatory phase and experts’ presence since February 26.
The EFM will be led by Mr Eduard Kukan, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Slovakia and Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the 2016 general elections in Uganda.
“The EU stands by Uganda in strengthening democratic principles,” said Mr Kukan said, adding: “Since 2006 we have accompanied elections in Uganda. Now is the time for opposition and government to rebuild trust ahead of the coming elections.”
The EU release indicates that the EFM will assess the ‘implementation of the 30 EU EOM recommendations, within the context of the current political developments and the next electoral cycle’.
Further, the release indicates the EFM will hold meetings with government officials, political parties, media, civil society and representatives of the international community.