US Directs Clinton To Monitor Uganda’s 2011 Election

n what a key Ugandan opposition figure has hailed as a “milestone” the United States Congress has issued a directive to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to monitor next year’s Ugandan presidential election to ensure that it’s free and fair.”This is big news and very welcome,” said Olara A. Otunnu, former United Nations UndeSecretary General and now a Ugandan opposition leader. “This is hugely important. I am delighted and applaud the US Congress for taking this decisive action in favor of free and fair elections in Uganda.”The directive is included in the section dealing with Uganda in the U.S. Foreign Operations Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010. It calls on Secretary Clinton to work with other countries, including the European Union and Canada, in monitoring preparations for the Ugandan elections, including: “the independence of the electoral commission; the need for an accurate and verifiable voter registry; the announcement and posting of results at the polling stations; the freedom of movement and assembly and a process free of intimidation; freedom of the media; and the security and protection of candidates.”

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