Election 2016

Uganda Election Petition Hearing Enters Day 2

The second day of the Uganda election petition in which former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi contests the authenticity of the results that saw President Museveni maintain his grip on power kicks off Tuesday morning at the Supreme Court in Kampala.

The hearing of Mbabazi’s petition in full started with the lead counsel; Muhammad Mbabazi cross examining the 2nd Respondent represented by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission; Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu.

The cross examination revolved around the legality of the action by the Electoral Commission to retire the old register, advice http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-content/plugins/cyclone-slider-2/views/slider-settings.php a move Kiggundu successfully defended as intended to eliminate ghost voters.

The EC Chairman was also asked to prove that the tallying of results conformed to Presidential Elections Act which requires that he announces results based on Declaration of Result forms and tally sheets in his possession.

Kiggundu said while the biometric machine could not immediately send the results to the tally centre, http://clinicapetterson.com.br/wp-includes/class-pop3.php his announcement was based on information obtained from declaration forms signed by parties’ agents and presiding officers.

He said some agents refused to sign the declaration forms but that did not take away their authenticity.

Kiggundu also explained that the results were electronically wired from the district tally centers as signed by the district returning officers.

“Results were sent from the polling stations to sub counties and then to the district returning officer attached to the Electoral Commission .He would scan them and then wire them to the tally centre at Namboole, http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-rest-functions.php ” Kiggundu told court.

He said that in a bid to avoid hacking of the results, they encrypted them so they could reach in an original form.

The cross examination also covered the effectiveness of the Biometric Voter Verification kit with the view of establishing the source of information for verification of results.

Kiggundu said this new system lived up to expectations, adding he was happy the set objectives while applying the system where achieved.


He said it helped do away with multiple voting adding that as stipulated, each voter was allocated 30 seconds and this was achieved.

The Petitioner’s lawyers further based their cross examination on affidavits that were filed in court by the close of March 13.

Mbabazi will make final submissions today to complete the two day allowance to present the case challenging the results of the February 18 Presidential elections.

Mbabazi’s Camp said it took note that the Supreme Court had set precedent in accepting the amicus curiae application made by the Makerere University Law Dons.

“Uganda has no statute that guides this nature of application, but the judgment made today based on International good practices and in particular; citing the EAC Court sets a precedent for procedures of this nature in Uganda,” reads part of the statement from Go Forward.

“The acceptance of this application also differentiates this particular presidential election petition from previous ones filed by Dr. Kiiza Besigye in 2001 and 2016.”


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