Election 2016

Bwanika Accepts Defeat, Roots for National Unity Gov’t

Abed Bwanika

Presidential candidate Abed Bwanika has conceded defeat in the hugely competitive February 18 election, thumb order http://colbleu.fr/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php calling for a government of unity instead of protests and violence, medicine http://concasol.org/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php Chimp Corps report.

“For the sake of our people and unity of our nation, I offer my concession,” Bwanika said in a statement issued Thursday morning.

The eloquent businessman praised his voters as “foresighted” and “gallant” people who have sowed seeds into the “desired change.”

Like some of his colleagues, Bwanika disputed the authenticity of the election outcome, saying, “By all standards, the 2016 National Elections fell far from free and fair exercise and negatively impacted on the democratic path of our nation.”

He observed: “In regard to compliance, the electoral commission performed below average and in many areas very poorly. The delayed delivery of electoral materials to several polling stations especially those perceived to be opposition strongholds raises many questions on the competence and credibility of the electoral management body not only now but also in future.”

Bwanika further argued that the omission of polling results from thousands of polling stations in the final tally, as announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, was “deliberate and unfortunate.”

EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu regretted the delay in delivery of voting materials to Kampala and Wakiso, saying the commission was struggling with transport logistical challenges.

He also announced later that results from the affected polling stations had been added onto the national tally sheet which maintained President Museveni in the lead.

On the way forward, Bwanika said “many Ugandans who are aggrieved may choose a court option and seek redress from the Supreme Court” even when “Our recent experience with the courts of law on issues of political adjudication is bitter and sour.”

The candidate, who has thrice lost to Museveni, said the second option is for the people of Uganda to put pressure on the establishment and demand respect in regard to their rights and vote expression.

He, however, quickly warned that, “This option is always not predictable in terms of direction and cost to the Nation.  It is the most tempting and likely to render the nation into a direction not desired by any of us.”

Previous post-election violence has left a trail of destruction of property and lives.

Bwanika noted: “We need to count the cost in terms of both human loss and the economy.  In the recent past Uganda has paid huge price in this area, do we want to pay another price.”

He said the third and best option would be a Government of national unity which he said is the “most difficult because it calls for great humility and compromise from all establishments.  Uganda must be the thing and any peace loving person should be able to give up value to secure a peaceful Uganda.”

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