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Uganda Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 18 February 2011

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Uganda Parliamentary and Presidential elections. The Group was led by Dame Billie Miller, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, and comprised thirteen eminent persons in total.

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Conclusions and Recommendations

The 18 February 2011 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Uganda were the country’s second multi-party elections and it is clear that in some respects the country is still in the process of consolidating its multi-party political system. There was a largely peaceful campaign and a reasonably calm Election Day in most areas but this was regrettably marred by localised incidents of violence and poor management by the Electoral Commission. Some serious concerns remain. Of particular note are the overwhelming lack of a level playing field and the “commercialisation of politics”. As a result, the 2011 elections in Uganda did not fully meet national, regional and international standards for democratic elections.

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