Election Events: U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda
As submitted by embassy staff
Before dawn on November 7, close to 200 guests gathered at U.S. Mission Uganda to watch the 2012 American presidential race and celebrate American democracy in action. Both Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Blaser and Ambassador Scott DeLisi gave remarks, and guests watched live coverage of the election. Notable guests included Badru Kiggundu, Chairman of Uganda’s Electoral Commission; Betty Amongi, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Uganda’s Women’s Parliamentary Association (UWOPA); several other prominent MPs; representatives of other diplomatic missions; youth leaders; the managing director of Citibank (a sponsor of the event); representatives from Uganda’s opposition parties; and several LGBT activists. Sponsors of the event included Spear Motors, distributors of Jeep vehicles in Uganda; Citibank; and Fountain Publishers.
Embassy officers were on hand to explain how elections work in the United States and guests received information about the United States, participated in a mock vote, took photos with the “candidates,” and helped color in a map of the United States as the states were called. Enthusiasm was high throughout the day, with some guests arriving at 4:30 a.m. – well ahead of the opening of the event.
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Additional photos of election events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/USMissionUganda