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Uganda: Elections

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the European Union Elections Observer Mission report on the 2006 elections in Uganda; what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on this report; what proposals he has made on this subject to his European counterparts ahead of the December EU-Africa summit; and if he will make a statement. (153786)

In July 2006, the EU election observer mission released its final report on the February 2006 elections. The report concluded that the elections fell short of full compliance with international principles for genuine democratic elections. However, the report also said that despite some shortcomings on election day, voting was generally well administered, transparent and competitive.

The UK, along with our EU partners, has a regular dialogue with the Government of Uganda on all aspects of developing multi-party democracy and engaging with the opposition, building towards the next elections, due to take place in 2011.

The report and recommendations were discussed in detail by EU Heads of Mission in Kampala, including with the Government of Uganda. We will continue to refer to it regularly in the run-up to the next elections. I have not had discussions on this issue with my EU counterparts. The agenda of the December EU-Africa summit has not been finalised. However, the UK supports the inclusion of a discussion of governance throughout Africa.