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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

US congratulates President Museveni

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US congratulates President Museveni


http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/747391

Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011
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By David Mugabe

THE US Government has congratulated President Yoweri Museveni on his new five-year mandate in the just ended February 18 polls.

A statement from the US department of state sent through the embassy in Kampala on Wednesday and signed by Philip Crowley, the US assistant secretary of state for public affairs, noted that the elections and campaign period were generally peaceful.

The US government also advised all participants in the elections to accept the official results declared by the electoral body and refrain from acts of violence and channel grievances through Uganda’s independent Judiciary.

But the US voiced concern over what they described as “diversion of government resources for partisan campaigning and the heavy deployment of security forces on election day.” “We are also disappointed by the disorganisation at polling stations and the absence of many registered voters’ names from the voter rolls. These irregularities could have been avoided by appointing an independent and more representative Electoral Commission,” read the statement.

The US further recommended that appropriate reforms be undertaken especially by putting in place an independent Electoral Commission that will strengthen the country’s commitment to multiparty democracy and human rights for the next generation of Ugandan citizens.

“Democracy requires commitment at all levels of government and society to the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly, independent media, and active civil society,” said Colley.

Recently, South African president, Jacob Zuma, also congratulated Museveni on his re-election.

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US speaks out on 2011 Uganda Presidential elections

http://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/Elections/-/859108/1113094/-/k31s6n/-/index.html


By Benon Herbert Oluka

Posted Wednesday, February 23 2011 at 12:08

The United States government has spoken out on Uganda’s general elections, saying it is disappointed by the diversion of government resources for partisan campaigns, the heavy deployment of security on Election Day and other electoral irregularities.

However, according to the statement by the US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Philip J. Crowley, the US considers the general election held on February 18 and the campaign period that preceded it to have been generally peaceful.

“The elections and campaign period were generally peaceful, but we note with concern the diversion of government resources for partisan campaigning and the heavy deployment of security forces on Election Day,” says the statement. “We are also disappointed by the disorganisation at polling stations and the absence of many registered voters’ names from the voter rolls, irregularities that could have been avoided by appointing an independent and more representative Electoral Commission.”

The US has however urged all participants in the electoral process to abide by the official results, refrain from violence, and channel grievances through the country’s independent judiciary.

“Democracy requires commitment at all levels of government and society to the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly, independent media, and active civil society,” says the statement. “We urge the Ugandan government to undertake the electoral and administrative reforms that will substantially improve future elections and will strengthen the country's commitment to multiparty democracy and human rights for the next generation of Ugandan citizens.”

THE FULL STATEMENT

Statement by Philip Crowley, US assistance secretary of state for Public Affairs, on Uganda’s February 18 presidential and parliamentary elections:

The United States applauds the people of Uganda for their participation in the February 18 presidential and parliamentary elections and congratulates President Yoweri Museveni on his reelection.

The elections and campaign period were generally peaceful, but we note with concern the diversion of government resources for partisan campaigning and the heavy deployment of security forces on Election Day.

We are also disappointed by the disorganization at polling stations and the absence of many registered voters’ names from the voter rolls, irregularities that could have been avoided by appointing an independent and more representative Electoral Commission.

Nevertheless, we urge all participants to abide by the official results, refrain from violence, and channel grievances through Uganda’s independent judiciary.

Democracy requires commitment at all levels of government and society to the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly, independent media, and active civil society.

We urge the Ugandan government to undertake the electoral and administrative reforms that will substantially improve future elections and will strengthen the country's commitment to multiparty democracy and human rights for the next generation of Ugandan citizens.