By Crispy Kaheru
In preparation for the Aruu North by-election scheduled for 6th April 2017, CCEDU has today 7th March completed training a team of ten (10) Long Term Observers (LTOs) at Biva Hotel, Pader district.
CCEDU's Head of Electoral Process Observation, Mr. Ivan Mwaka led the observer' training which equipped the community monitors with knowledge and technical understanding of tools and methods of election observation within the Ugandan context.
The 8 male and 2 female LTOs are drawn from within CCEDU member institutions from within and around Aruu Constituency in Pader district.
Crispy Kaheru, Cordinator CCEDU
The LTOs will be deployed immediately in each of the 7 sub counties of Aruu including: Atanga, Pajule, Latanya, Laguti, Acholi-Bur, Lapul and Angagura. Over the next four (4) weeks, the LTOs will observe the pre-election, election day and the post election environment.
On Election Day, CCEDU will deploy a contingent of 50 observers to monitor the election day processes.
LTOs will report periodically on both good electoral practices and any malpractices observed.
It is anticipated that the deployment of these community observers will go a long way in deterring electoral malpractices that have bedevilled the county's past elections.
The writer is the cordinator, Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU)