EC, CCEDU seek to resolve disagreements

Three months after it suspended an NGO – Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), the Electoral Commission (EC) is embarked on a process of harmonising the positions of the two entities.

On Wednesday, EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama led the EC team to a meeting with the CCEDU team led by its coordinator Crispy Kaheru, to discuss issues that led to the suspension of CCEDU’s accreditation for election related activities.

EC suspended CCEDU’s accreditation in July within days to this year’s village council elections.

According to a statement released by the EC, both parties appreciated each other’s role in developing democracy in Uganda, and the importance of working together to achieve a strong and credible electoral process.

EC & CCEDU officials pose for a group photo.

“The Meeting agreed to form a Joint Committee comprising three officials from each organisation, to expeditiously harmonise the parameters of our working relationship and communication strategy while engaging in election related activities,” the EC’s statement partly reads.

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Justice Byabakama said that the Joint Committee will present mutually binding positions on both sides and pave the way for lifting the suspension of CCEDU’s accreditation.

Kaheru in a separate statement said, both parties resolved to immediately renew their partnership; and adopt an agreed upon communication strategy.