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ELECTION OBSERVER, CRISPIN KAHERU, ON THURSDAY POLLS: Adhere to electoral guidelines and participate massively, safely, freely and responsibly

By Francis Otucu

In a statement Wednesday morning shared with this news site, an independent election observer, Crispin Kaheru said, although the campaigns have had some intense chaotic scenes, Ugandans are looking forward to a much more serene environment that can give them the confidence to go out of their homes and cast their vote at their respective polling stations.

“It is the wishes of many Ugandans that the polling day is completed without incidents – security, technical, operational or otherwise.  Every Ugandan’s life is precious,” Kaheru said, emphasizing the need for participants to observe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“While taking part in the polling day activities, let’s be mindful of the reality we are in – Covid-19 is real. Participate safely –wash your hands regularly, social distance and wear your mask,” he noted.

Kaheru urged all security agents to act professionally and restraint themselves from provocative behavior. To the Electoral Commission, he asked by the commission to take overall control of all aspects of the electoral environment tomorrow and beyond. 

“Stakeholders including political parties, candidates, the media, civil society, observers and the general electorate should be afforded a conducive environment to play their rightful roles within the polling day context,” he advised.  

He added; “I implore everyone to adhere to the electoral guidelines and participate massively, safely, freely and responsibly.  Ultimately Uganda should win.”

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