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The US Midterms Elections 2018 are missing one thing: Some EOM’s from abroad!

As the United States Midterms are going to the polls, I am disappointed the world around me. That there are no Election Observer Mission from the African Union (AU), European Union (EU), Union of South American Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Not to mention the Commonwealth, they should have also participated with some of mission there too, because the United States of America is a previous colony of United Kingdom. It should be necessary for them to participate and ensure these elections.

Alas, this is not the case, in the midst of voter oppression, disenfranchised voters, lack coherent ID laws, possible misuse of incumbents power and investigations into opponents. There would be a space for these EOM to bring scruitiny and tell where the US System lacks. Because clearly it lacks certain fundamentals.

This is a Republic, where people are automatically enlisted to the army and the citizens are monitored and having the information in the Department of State and within the Department of Defence (DoD). But these same outlets cannot let this information go directly to the Federal Election Commission, so they follow the advice of these bodies. To ensure that everyone votes are respected and also counted for. That the laws are justified and that they are for the betterment of the democratic values, the Republic is supposed to have.

We know it varies from state to state, but the media output, the usage of state resource from the Republican Party. Like the use of Air Force One for the President to travel to any rally of his choice. The way the state is paying for the GOP in the campaigns and the possible violations of both electoral law, but also of government resources should be looked into by outside entities.

When the United States can send the Carter Center to look over the Kenyan Election. Why shouldn’t NGOs from the other continents come to the US and do a study. Observer the events in Ohio or Iowa and write up reports of the ques, the lack of openness of the counting and other possible aspects. Where these NGOs could see something to point out and say that the these elections are lacking certain aspects and needs to be configured to be credible.

Because, that is what the foreign NGOs does elsewhere. It is time for them to go and look into the United States too, as the US system cannot be perfect, when the winner of the popular vote are still losing. There got to be a better way and who knows what that is.

I would have faith in the elections, if there was EOM from EU, AU, ASEAN USAN and other bodies, writing preliminary reports and coming with warnings of hate-speech and terrorism before the polls. That would have been sign of health, as the US cannot live alone in Supreme, as they are not that anymore. That has been proven again and again. It is time, that they get outside forces overlooking their acts and questioned their behaviour. Their Election Laws and their attitude towards their citizens. So, the balanced perspective, could be fruitful.

These sort of bodies shouldn’t just come to Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone. No, they should go to the United States, until everything is all and the above. It is needed so the public know they can trust the process and the laws of the elections. As the 2016 was marred with foreign interference and ploys from Russian agents. That is why it is more needed then ever. Peace.

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Press Statement on the Post Election Environment in the in Rwenzori Region (29.02.2016)

Bundibugyo 27.02.2016

Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence (RWECO) & the members: Kali, Good Hope Foundation for Rural Development, Ride Africa and RICNET ere accredited as election observers during the Presidential and Parliamentary  on 18th Feb, 2016 & local council elections on 24th Feb. 2016. RWECO and her members deployed a team of 150 as short term observers and long term observers in Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge and Kasese districts of Western Uganda. RWECO also deployed online platform where comments from observers were remitted through  SMS and plotted on  http://hrcp.or.ug/main. From 17th Feb, to 28th Feb, 2016, 164 messages were verified and viewed on the online platform. We commend the Electoral commission that accredited RWECO and her members during the elections.

However, as Ruwenzori region based observers, we note with concern the post -election violence that ensured during and after the elections on 18th and 24th Feb. 2016.  RWECO condemns the post- election violence that were reported  between   18th -19th  Feb, 2016 at Kasese district Electoral Commission tally center at Kasese district Multi-purpose Hall, located in Nyakasanga, Kasese-Fort Portal Road.  RWECO also condemns the post- election violence that was observed and reported in Bundibugyo District between 24th -27th Feb, 2016 after the election of district chairpersons and district councilors. These acts are either driven by personal egos and not accepting the outcome of the elections. Uganda is a democratic country for which we embrace both national and international standards of election observations and democratic processes for which citizens should welcome the out- come of the electoral process.

We wish therefore to state that:

  1. All acts of post- election violence be condemned by all actors and Uganda Police take the necessary steps to ensure that peace prevails  in the region and country at large;
  2. RWECO and her members also appeals to the candidates who lost the elections to use peaceful and lawful means to address their demands not by inciting  violence in the community;
  3. We also appeal to all stakeholders including, Police, state organs, Religious leaders, Cultural leaders and the media to join hands and give the citizens a message of hope that beyond elections, there is a life to live;
  4. Police bring the perpetrators of post- election violence to face the law of the land.

Thank you

Jimmy Baluku Odyek
Coordinator

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