By Vuga Innocent
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has deployed an observer mission in Uganda to monitor the general elections scheduled for Thursday Jan 14, 202.
The observation mission made of 22 members from the IGAD Secretariat and Specialized Institutions started off their work on Monday led by regional body’s Director of Peace and Security Division, Hon. Siraj Fegessa.
Siraj told journalists in Kampala, moments before their departure, that his advance team arrived in the country days before the main mission on Thursday.
“The advance team of the IGAD election observation mission arrived in Kampala on January 7, 2021 to finalize meeting schedules and logistical arrangements for the main observation mission that arrived on 9th January,” said Hon. Siraj.
The Head of the observation mission said they have already met various stakeholders in the Uganda’s electoral process as per terms of reference that has been prepared by the IGAD Secretariat based on the African Union Election Observation guidelines.
“On 8 January 2021 we met with the Chairperson and Commissioners of the Electoral Commission of Uganda,” he said.
The observation mission has been deployed in the densely populated areas of Kampala City, Mukono district, Wakiso district, Luwero district, Wakiso district and Mpigi district.
The deployment follows invitation extended by the Electoral Commission last year to national, regional and international institutions including the European Union, United Nations mission in Uganda, United States mission, African Union and others.