Swedish to Observe Ugandan Election February 18th 2011

The Swedish Government will send five election observers to Uganda to monitor the presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February 2011.

Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said:

“For the second time, the Ugandan people now have several political parties and presidential candidates to chose between. The task of our election observers is to monitor the election and vote count to ensure that they proceed correctly and that the election campaign is characterised by freedom of assembly and expression.”

Uganda has one of the world’s youngest populations, with 70 per cent of those entitled to vote aged between 18 and 30.

The decision to send election observers from the Nordic state was taken following a request from the EU. Sida is responsible for recruiting and training the Swedish participants.

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