By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: The Uganda Electoral Commission secretary Sam A Rwakoojo pleased to all Ugandans to strengthening the electoral process and sharing regional electoral experience for good practice not only focusing on the general coming elections 2021 but beyond that.
Rwakoojo said this while giving his speech at the electoral commission symposium organised by EC togather with UNDP as a follow-up event in commemoration of the International Day of Democracy (IDD), which was marked on 15th September 2019.
Rwakoojo said that we are here to reflect on strengthening electoral democracy in Uganda, to which we attach great important, given the central role of democratic elections in the governance of nations.
“To provide a highly interactive and cordial learning environment, and features a line up of more than a dozen experts in the field of elections, governance, security, media, planning and research” Said Rwakoojo
He added that the solution-oriented presentations, discussions questions and case studies are designed to achieve a key learning objective, that is, to draw lessons from other countries on various aspects including challenges and opportunities aimed at achieving peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process.
However Rwakoojo continues that the cornerstone to any democratic system is the conduct of regular free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections at all levels of governance, accordingly, the Electoral Commission (EC) was established under Article 60 (Constitution, 1995) and mandated (Article 61) to organize, conduct and supervise regular free and fair elections and referenda in Uganda.
“Since its establishment by the Constitution, the Commission has successfully organized and conducted five general elections (1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016) as well as two referenda on political systems (2000 and 2005), and several Parliamentary and Local Government Councils elections and by-elections and electoral Commission has already commenced on preparations for the 2020/2021 General Elections’ Said Rwakoojo
Meanwhile, the ongoing Roadmap for 2020/2021, with the support and participation of various stakeholders, many of whom are now gathered here. On behalf of the Electoral Commission, the Government of Uganda, development partners and the international community, security agencies, non-governmental and civil society organisations, political parties and organisations, the business community, religious leaders and organisations, and the media. And now, as critical stakeholders in the electoral process, we are all looking forward to an enriching Symposium, and to considering the recommendations and good practices for adoption in accordance witrh our respective institutional mandate.