Upon the invitation by the authorities of the Republic of Uganda, and in line with European Union’s (EU) continued engagement on accompanying elections in the Uganda, the EU is deploying an Election Follow-up Mission (EFM), from 5 to 8 March 2018, after a preparatory phase and experts’ presence on the ground since 26 February. The EFM will be led by Mr Eduard Kukan, 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 EFM was tasked to assess the implementation of the 30 EU EOM recommendations, within the context of the current political developments and the next electoral cycle. The EFM will hold meetings with representatives of the authorities, political parties, media and civil society. The EFM will also meet representatives of the international community. The EFM will publish its report in the coming weeks, upon its conclusion.
‘The EU stands by Uganda in strengthening its democratic principles”, Eduard Kukan said. “We have accompanied elections in Uganda since 2006 and are honored to be back to follow up on the EU EOM recommendations. Now is the time for opposition and government to rebuild trust ahead of the coming elections”, he emphasized.