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Election 2016: The Commonwealth observes Uganda's general election

5 February 2016


On 18 February 2016, voters in Uganda were asked to choose a President and Parliament. The last general elections were held in February 2011.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced the composition of a team of election observers on 5 February, on the invitation of the Government. The 13-member Commonwealth Observer Group is led by former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo as Chairperson, and Senator Amos Wako of Kenya as Vice-Chairperson.

The observers’ task is to assess all factors affecting the credibility of the elections to determine whether they were conducted according to both the laws of Uganda and international standards. The group will issue an interim statement of key findings shortly after the election. 

A final report will be submitted to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and sent to local stakeholders before being made public. The group is supported by a staff support team from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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