KAMPALA – The former Coordinator for Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Mr. Crispin Kaheru has urged all security agents to act professionally and restraint themselves from provocative behavior ahead of Uganda’s General Election.
The Independent Election Observer has also urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to take overall control of all aspects of the electoral environment on January 14, 2021 and beyond.
“Uganda will go to the polls tomorrow, January the 14 2021. I wish to add my voice on that of those who have called for peaceful, positive and active participation in the election,” said Kaheru.
“Stakeholders including political parties, candidates, the media, civil society, observers and the general electorate should be afforded a conducive environment to play their rightful roles within the polling day context,” he added.
According to Kaheru, although the campaigns have had some intense chaotic scenes, Ugandans are looking forward to a much more serene environment that can give them the confidence to go out of their homes and cast their vote at their respective polling stations.
He says that it is the wishes of many Ugandans that the polling day is completed without incidents – security, technical, operational or otherwise.
“Every Ugandan’s life is precious. While taking part in the polling day activities, let’s be mindful of the reality we are in – Covid-19 is real. Participate safely –wash your hands regularly, social distance and wear your mask.”
“I implore everyone to adhere to the electoral guidelines and participate massively, safely, freely and responsibly. Ultimately Uganda should win,” he added.
Having been the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) since 2009, Mr. Kaheru possesses over 10 years’ experience in the management, implementation and evaluation of governance and election programs.
He has managed short and medium term electoral-based projects ranging from USD$ 1-10 million including leading strategic planning for election-focused programs implemented by national, international, governmental and non-governmental entities.
In his previous assignments, Mr. Kaheru has been a steward for program grants and oversight for day-to-day program and administrative expenditure. Among the core administrative competencies has been managing multiple program and administrative staff at Islamabad, Dakar, London, Washington DC and Kampala duty stations including establishing operational bases for electoral programs and providing administrative and financial direction for effective program implementation.