Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged Ugandan authorities to maintain integrity in the electoral process as the country goes to the polls tomorrow February 18.
“As Uganda prepares to elect its president on 18 February, I join all Ugandans in their hopes for an election with integrity, which will bestow legitimacy upon the winner and secure stability for the country, Annan said in a statement issued this morning.
Annan says the process should be free from all forms of abuse, intimidation and violence as a precursor for legitimate and credible results.
Tomorrow, Ugandans go to the polls to elect a president and Members of Parliament. The much anticipated poll pits the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni against his four-time challenger Kizza Besigye and his former ally Amama Mbabazi. The presidential race attracted eight candidates.
“Legitimacy is the crucial currency of government in our democratic age. Only elections that are transparent and fair will be regarded as legitimate, both by the people of Uganda and by the international community,” Annan adds.
Annan also urged the government and the electoral authorities to ensure a level playing field for all candidates. He also urged candidates to exercise restraint in their deeds and rhetoric ahead of polling day.
“I encourage the candidates and their supporters to exercise restraint in their deeds and in their rhetoric so as to ensure credible and peaceful elections, which the people of Uganda demand and deserve