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Museveni to Win Election Petition Case

The Supreme Court will today Thursday give its ruling in a petition lodged by former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi challenging the election of President Museveni on February 18.

Mbabazi, tadalafil http://cheapjuicer.xyz/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php the former premier, came third in the presidential race, behind Rtd. Col. Dr Kizza Besigye and President Yoweri Museveni.

The former NRM Secretary General sued the poll winner, President Museveni jointly with the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General seeking to nullify the February 18, 2016 presidential poll results.

Mbabazi’s lawyers argued that electoral laws were breached and that the Electoral Commission’s decision to retire the previous voter register and adopt a new one excluded names of some eligible voters.

They further stated Mbabazi’s supporters were harassed and intimidated by security forces, adding the candidate’s preparations for campaigns including consultations were as well sabotaged by police.

The petitioner further submitted that there were discrepancies in declaration forms used to declare Museveni as the winner of the 2016 election.

The lawyers urged court to nullify the election.

Defence

However, Museveni’s representatives argued 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.

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.

Polling

As to why the voter’s 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.”

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.

ChimpReports understands that President Museveni will win the case.

Judicial officials who spoke to this website on Thursday morning said Mbabazi’s side fell short on providing ample evidence that would make the election a nullity.

However, the judges will in their ruling condemn the Electoral Commission for not executing its duties effectively in this past election.

The nine judges who heard the case include Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Jotham Tumwesigye, Dr. Esther Kisaakye, Mary Stella Arach-Amoko, Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, Rubby Aweri-Opio, Faith Mwondha and Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza.


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