East Africa Law society condemns election observers

Sunday February 20 2011

Mr Tito Byenkya (C) consults the president of the East African Law Society election observation team, Dr Wilbert Kapinga (left) while Ms Anne Abeja listens after addressing journalists at the Uganda law society secretariat in Kampala on Sunday

Mr Tito Byenkya (C) consults the president of the East African Law Society election observation team, Dr Wilbert Kapinga (left) while Ms Anne Abeja listens after addressing journalists at the Uganda law society secretariat in Kampala on Sunday. 

By Ismail Musa Ladu

The East Africa Law Society (EALS) election observers have condemn the action of the international and local election observers, saying it is immature for them to have declared the  presidential and parliamentary election free and fair before the Electoral Commission pronounces the final results.

Speaking at a news conference in Kampala on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer, EALS, Mr Tito Byenkya, said accurate declaration of whether the just concluded election was carried in a free and fair manner can only be determined after Electoral Commission pronounces the final results.

“To come out and say that election has been free and fair is immature,” Mr Byenkya said.

“To do that accurately (pronounce election as free and fair) you need to look what happen before election, during election and after election so for us we shall issue our position after examining all that because that is the right thing to do,” he added.

In a separate interview, the President of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) Mr Bruce Kyerere described the action of the election observers who have declared that the election was held in a free and fair manner before yesterday pronouncement of final results by the Electoral Commission as “hazy.”

“In my view that action was hazy,” Mr Kyerere said, adding, “I think that is being to fast.”

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A day before the final pronouncement of the February 18 election result by the Electoral Commission, some observers had already issued statement while others had called news conference to announce that the election was free and fair.

Among the election observers who made the early pronouncement include the Uganda Human Right Commission (UHRC) and observers from the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Both contend that the just-concluded presidential and parliamentary polls were conducted in a free, fair, transparent, credible and democratic environment.               

 

 

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