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Supreme Court Dismisses Mbabazi Petition, Declares Museveni Duly Elected President

The Supreme Court of land has dismissed without costs the case in which one of the candidates Amama Mbabazi has been challenging the outcomes of February 19th Presidential elections.

In the petition in which the winner President Yoweri Museveni, no rx http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-product-simple.php the Independent Electoral Commission and the Attorney General were the the respondents, advice Mbabazi argued that the election was conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Elections Act and that they were not free and fair.

After two weeks of studying the submissions of the petitioner, try the Supreme Court found that on nearly all the 13 grounds raised by the petitioner, he was unable to table sufficient evidence to necessitate cancellation of the election results which came out in favor of the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

The Judges in their ruling often described as “doubtful” the credibility of the evidence adduced by Mr Mbabazi’s lawyers regarding difference cases of violation of the national electoral laws and concluded that these could not be depended upon to cancel the election.

“We find that there was non compliance with the principles of free and fair elections in some areas, especially where there was interference with the petitioners’s consultative meetings, where there was late delivery of poling materials, failure by UBC to give the petition equal coverage, and interference with the petitioners electioneering activities,” the Chief Justice read the judgement.

This noncompliance however they ruled, did not affect the outcome of the results in a substantial manner. The 9 Supreme Court Judges thus unanimously agreed that President Museveni was duly elected president and dismissed the case.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe also promised that the judges in the coming 90 days would come out with the fully detailed version of their ruling.

Upon the verdict, celebrations reportedly broke out in various part of the capital Kampala.

Being the Supreme Court of the land, the petition cannot challenge its ruling anywhere else.

 

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