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Text of report entitled "Diplomats speak out on 2011 polls" by state-owned, mass-circulation Ugandan daily The New Vision website on 2 October
The British high commissioner, Martin Shearman, has called for respect of the rule of law by "all concerned" and constructive dialogue among Uganda's political leaders ahead of the 2011 elections.
On behalf of the Partners for Democracy and Good Governance Group, a donor group of Western countries, Shearman in a statement yesterday stressed that freedom of expression and assembly were essential to the democratic debate.
"In this respect, broad debate and acceptance of a renewed Public Order Act would be helpful to ensure responsible use of these rights by all stakeholders."
He also noted that there was need to build trust in the credibility of the electoral process and outcome.
"It is particularly important in this context that the Electoral Commission (EC) demonstrates its impartiality, independence and competence."
The group called for a clear electoral framework and stressed that any changes to electoral legislation should come after full consultation and agreed in good time.
The envoys also stressed the importance of a level …