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Elections in Uganda

Norway aligned itself to an EU decleration on the elections in Uganda, published in Brussels and Vienna 27 February 2006

02/03/2006 :: The European Union is pleased to note that the voting in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Uganda on 23 February 2006 passed generally peacefully and with a significant voter turnout. We welcome the generally good organisation of the polls by the Electoral Commission.

These elections are an important achievement in Uganda’s return to multiparty democracy. The European Union congratulates the people of Uganda for demonstrating a clear commitment to democracy. However, we regret the lack of a level playing field which marked the electoral process in the context of the transition from the “Movement” to the multiparty system.

The European Union calls upon all those involved, in particular the candidates, their parties and supporters to demonstrate a responsible attitude and to abide by constitutional procedures.

The EU Election Observation Mission will remain in Uganda to monitor all remaining aspects of the electoral process, including appeals and complaints procedures.

The European Union reaffirms its intention to continue to support Uganda in its efforts to strengthen democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the     Stabilisation and Association Process.

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