Former Tanzanian leader Mwinyi to lead EAC Elections Observer Mission to Uganda

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Former President of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi is expected to lead a 50-member East African Community election observer mission to Uganda as the country goes to polls on February 18th.

The team is expected in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday next week. The Mission is in response to an invitation by the Uganda Electoral Commission and in part fulfillment of the EAC Council of Ministers’ decision on observation of elections in Partner States.

According to the EAC statement released on Monday, the mission follows a pre-elections assessment team that was deployed late last month. The team is assessing the level of preparedness by key stakeholders.

“The Mission’s mandate is to observe the overall electoral environment, pre-election activities, the polling day, the counting and tallying of results,” the statement read in part.

The EAC short term election observer mission is composed of members of the East African Legislative Assembly, delegates from four Partner States (Kenya, United Republic Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi), EAC Youth Ambassadors, Mission Leader, Mission Coordinator, One EAC Executive Staff and technical officers from the Secretariat.

Mwinyi’s team will prepare a report to be submitted to the Electoral Commission of Uganda, through the EAC Council of Ministers for consideration and implementation.