While the vote took place without major disturbances, we must acknowledge numerous reports of irregularities and official conduct that are deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process.
Delays in the delivery of voting materials, reports of pre-verified ballots and vote buying, continued blocking of social media sites, and excessive use of force by police collectively undermine the integrity of the electoral process.
The people of Uganda deserved better.
We are also concerned about the continued house arrest of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.
We call for his immediate release and restoration of access to all social networking sites.
We encourage those who wish to challenge the election results to do so peacefully and in accordance with Ugandan laws and judicial process, and urge the Ugandan government to respect the rights and freedoms of its people and refrain from interfering in those processes.