The Supreme Court has Wednesday entered its third day of hearing Amama Mbabazi’s presidential election petition with lawyers of the first respondent, site http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/ms-files.php Yoweri Museveni making their defense.
In their response, try they regarded allegations of breaching electoral laws as false arguing that it doesn’t qualify the 2016 election results as a nullity.
They submitted that the election was conducted legally and thus Museveni was the rightful winner as declared by Electoral Commission (EC) on February 20.
While representing Museveni, Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka told court that in no way did the updated voter register disenfranchise eligible voters as claimed by the petitioner.
“There’s no single evidence pointing to the fact that the update of register disenfranchised eligible voters. The Electoral Commission duly discharged its duty to ensure every citizen above 18 years registers. Sufficient notice was made through adverts in the press as well as SMS,” Kiwanuka submitted.
Mbabazi in his petition alleged that EC’s move to retire the previous voter register and adopt a new one excluded names of some eligible voters.
However, Kiwanuka furthermore cited Section 65 (2) of the Registration of Persons Act which allows the Electoral Commission to use information in the register to compile and update a new register.
He pointed that it was necessary for the electoral body to update the voters’ register given that the previous one had been merely typed and had no photos.
As to why the voters’ card was ignored for the new national Identity Cards, Museveni’s team argued that no law mentions a voter’s card as mandatory for voting.
“Much as the Electoral Commission Act required one to have a voter’s card, the subsequent Registration of Persons Act provides that voter identification is what’s important.”
“Provisions in the Presidential Elections Act (Section 26) require that the EC may issue a voter’s card but it’s not mandatory.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the EC boss testified before court during cross examination that the Commission had sat and agreed that the National Identification card be used by voters since it was multipurpose compared to the voters card that was specific.
On the much contested DR forms which the petitioner said were absent during the announcement of results, Kiryowa said; “There’s no provision of the law prohibits EC from transmitting the results electronically and equally no law that necessitates EC to ascertain results only if it has fully received hard copy DR forms.”
He asserted that Mbabazi’s agents had no role in participating in transmission of results other than mere observation.
“It’s not the duty of a competing candidate to tally results at the district otherwise outcomes would be absurd,” said Kiwanuka.
URA Fc hope of advancing in this year’s Uganda Cup has been dealt a final blow after the Fufa competitions committee discarded their appeal against Suncity FC that had initially alleged that the Big League side had used an illegible player in Sadat Bbale during the round of 64 match between the two teams.
Suncity won the match 7-6 in the post-match penalties that followed a one all draw. However the tax collectors petitioned to FCC to nullify the results claiming the said player was registered to play for Katungulu FC which takes part in the Kitara Regional league.
According to the regulations as stated in part of the verdict, visit this http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-includes/class-wp-metadata-lazyloader.php “‘A player is regarded as registered by FUFA after being validated on FUFA e–License Plus System or when the Competitions Director/manager has signed and/or stamped his/her registration forms that must include his/her name and photograph.”
“Therefore, http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-product-factory.php from the records of FUFA Competitions Department, http://davepallone.com/wp-includes/class-wp-oembed-controller.php player Bbale Sadat license number 930813004 and born 08/13/1993 was registered by Sun City Sports Club of the 2nd division league/FUFA Big League in the primary registration window of the 2015/16 season,” the statement further says that “FUFA Competitions Department hasn’t registered any player in the names of Bbale Sadat for Katungulu FC in either the primary or secondary windows of 2015/16 football season.”
This therefore mean that the match results stand and Sunsity proceed to round of 32 against Kamuli park Fc.
URA FC now find themselves in a hard corner to explain the source of their evidence which is a player registration document.
“The forged document constitutes a breach of FUFA Regulations, Disciplinary and Ethics
code. The FCC believes that in the process of investigations to establish the culprit, falsifying player licenses in Kitara Region by the relevant authorities, URA FC will be of importance in supporting the cause, mostly with a statement on the source of this forged license.”
President Museveni will return to some districts in Northern and Eastern Uganda for what a senior official described as “final touch” rallies ahead of the February 18 general elections.
The revelation comes high on the heels of opposition FDC flag-bearer Dr Kizza Besigye’s massive rallies in the election hotspots.
Presidential press secretary Lindah Nabusayi said Sunday: “NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will be holding ‘final touch’ rallies in the districts of Arua, mind http://curiousmediums.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/update.php Lira, order Gulu, visit Soroti, Mbale, Tororo and Jinja on 14 -15th February.”
She said Museveni will later hold the final rally on February 16 (Tuesday) in Kampala.
“Rallies will be held in their respective districts. No other rallies are planned after,” said Nabusayi.
The last minute return to the contested areas could have followed intelligence reports of growing opposition popularity.
Besigye’s rallies in Gulu, Jinja and Arua attracted thousands of supporters.
Meanwhile, sources said NRM mobilisers are in full gear rallying all party supporters to brace for the last rally.