Election 2016

Mbabazi: Success of ‘Amended Petition’ has Broken New Ground

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change candidate Anna Adeke Ebaju has been elected the female youth’s representative in the oncoming 10th parliament.

Adeke narrowly overcame her strongest competitor Ann Ruyondo of the National Resistance Movement in election that took place in the western Hoima district.

Mrs Adeke is the former Makerere University Guild President.

She polled 128 votes while her closest rival Ruyondo polled 119 votes just 9 behind the winner and independent Marcelina managed only 88.

The victory was a strong relief to the opposition party especially after last week’s regional youth MP polls which were swept entirely by the ruling party.

Adeke is going to replace the NRM’s Monica Amoding who also hails from Teso sub-region and now the direct women representative for Kumi district.

Her party members and supporters on Monday evening took to social media to shower her with praises and congratulatory messages

Kampala Lord Mayor, rx http://cfbtoman.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/carousel.php Erias Lukwago was among the first political figure to congratulate Mrs. Adeke; describing her as an inspiration to the new generation.

“It’s a huge milestone in your budding career. You’re an inspiration to the new generation.” Mr. Lukwago said in short social media statement.

The figures from Hoima indicate that not many delegates participated in the exercise since the numbers of delegates were supposed to be over 1000.

The youth election for the regions conducted last week was characterized by violence that climaxed with injuring of Gen. Henry Tumukunde in Fort Portal.

Youths are supposed to have five representatives in the National Assembly according to the Constitution article 78(2)2 for the special interest groups.

 
The Go Forward camp has praised the ruling of the Supreme Court which allowed an amended petition challenging the election of President Yoweri Museveni, viagra order http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sso.php Chimp Corps report.

The Amended Presidential Election Petition Pre-Hearing Session has broken the grounds for a deeper legal dispensation. This amendment substantiates the petition filed by Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi on 3rd March 2016, patient ” said Go Forward Chief of Staff, pill Solome Nakaweesi.

“The amendments introduced new arguments on voter bribery with supporting evidence as well as some of the petitioner’s votes given to Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” she added.

Museveni’s lawyers had argued against amending the petition, saying Mbabazi’s camp should simply tender new evidence.

They further posited that Museveni would suffer “immense prejudice if the amendment is allowed” and that an “Amendment is a disguised rejoinder which is not allowed.”

The amended petition prays that court compels the Electoral Commission to produce the tally sheets, Declaration of Results Forms and the discs embedded in the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) machines as part of the evidence to support the argument on non-compliance by the Electoral Commission.

The amendment roots for a recount of presidential ballots in the districts of: Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Kiruhura, Sembabule, Bundibugyo, Bukomansimbi, Sheema, Arua, Amuria, Kasese, Gulu, Lamwo, Lira, Kisoro, Apac, Moroto, Mpigi, Ntungamo, Palliisa, Rukungiri, Nakasongola, Kabale, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Sironko, Kanungu, Kalungu, Isingiro, Rakai, Kaabong, Nakaseke, Amuru, Gomba, Kyankwanzi, Butambala, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Kween, Soroti, Luwero, Mubende and Serere.

Solome said this is deemed necessary and practical to determine the substantial effect of malpractices and non-compliance in the conduct of the 2016 election.

“The ruling of the court today favoring the hearing of the amendment proves that amendments are a routine in the dispensation of justice. We are hopeful that the last session of the pre-hearing conference scheduled for Thursday 10th March 2016 shall agree on timelines, procedures and arguments and will end amicably paving way for a smooth hearing scheduled for Monday 14th March 2016,” she added.

After receiving copies of the filed amended petition, Museveni’s lawyers are said to have returned to the drawing board to draft a response.

Mbabazi scored 1.4 percent of the total vote count against Museveni’s 60.8 percent. Dr Kizza Besigye came second in the race with 35 percent of the tallied votes.

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