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Raila calls for peaceful Uganda elections

17 February 2016, 13:17

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has called on Ugandans to support a peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process, before, during, and after voting, The Star reports.

Uganda will go to the polls Thursday. This comes as Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye said he has no confidence the elections would be free or fair. He was detained and released on Monday.

In a statement Tuesday, Raila said the elections are critical to the future and stability of the country to strengthening democracy in East Africa.

“The elections in Uganda present a critical test to the country’s commitment to the ideals of a free and fair electoral contest that it has long fought for,” Raila said.

“We therefore appeal to the government and the electoral authorities to ensure a level playing field and a transparent conduct of the process.

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Capital News reported that Ugandan election officials on Wednesday said they were expecting presidential and parliamentary polls to pass off peacefully, the final day before seven candidates challenge veteran leader Yoweri Museveni’s three-decade grip on power.

“The stage is set. We have dispatched electoral materials to all polling stations throughout the country and are ready to kick off the exercise,” national electoral commission spokesman Jotham Taremwa told AFP.

“We expect a peaceful exercise. Security is on the ground and we have put out messages calling on voters to come in big numbers on Thursday and cast their votes.”

Museveni and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party are widely predicted to win a fifth term, with the 71-year-old former rebel leader entering his fourth decade in power.

“Whoever will try to bring violence, you will see what we shall do to him. Those who want violence should play somewhere else not Uganda,” Museveni told thousands of supporters in his final rally on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

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