The European Union notes with concern the increased tension in campaigning ahead of the February 2016 elections.
The European Union calls for all parties to exercise restraint, ensuring a climate conducive to peaceful, transparent and credible elections. In view of the recent cases of violence and counter violence, the EU invites in particular the Electoral Commission and the Ugandan Police Force to treat all occuring incidents with impartiality and neutrality, and to ensure a level playing field for all candidates allowing them to campaign without interference.
On the invitation of the Government of Uganda, an EU Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) will delpoy to Uganda on 28th December. The EU EOM will closely observe the election campaign and the role of law enforcement bodies.