At the invitation of the Government of Uganda, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections there on 18 February 2011.
The electoral process was marred by avoidable administrative and logistical failures which led to an unacceptable number of Ugandan citizens being disenfranchised. However, the campaign was conducted in a fairly open and free environment, in which freedoms of expression, assembly and association were generally respected. Edward Scicluna, a Maltese Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.