By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The European Union in its latest statement about recently concluded Presidential elections has noted that the country held peaceful elections except few human rights violation incidents that were cited in some districts.
“The EU welcomes that no major violent incidents were reported on election day but regrets that the disproportionate role given to security forces during the elections caused violence including harassment of opposition leaders, suppression of civil society actors and media, and the raiding of a domestic observers’ offices,” EU’s statement partially states.
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“Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the elections European Union (EU) takes note of the results of the presidential elections declared by the Electoral Commission in Uganda.
The EU welcomes that no major violent incidents were reported on election day but regrets that the disproportionate role given to security forces during the elections brought forth violence in the pre-electoral period, harassment of opposition leaders, suppression of civil society actors and media, and the raiding of a domestic observers office.
Access to social media was disturbed, and a full internet blackout disrupted the freedom of expression, freedom of information, and regular economic and social activities. In particular, this severely hampered the work of journalists, observers, party agents and others expected to report on the polling results and scrutinise them.
The EU calls on the Government of Uganda to respect the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful and safe assembly, including the free movement of all political actors and their supporters.
The EU is gravely concerned by the continued harassment of political actors and parts of civil society. In line with its laws, international commitments and obligations, the Government must ensure that security services act with restraint, that any violations or abuses are duly and impartially investigated, and that those responsible are held to account.
Pending the final results of the electoral process including the parliamentary and local elections, the EU calls on all parties to refrain from any form of violence as well as from statements and actions that may incite violence, and for election challenges and complaints to be addressed in an independent and transparent manner through the available constitutional and legal remedies.”