Kyagulanyi recently announced that he would lead peaceful demonstrations to challenge the abduction of NUP supporters, the trial of civilians in military courts, and the outcome of the January 14, presidential election, which gave Yoweri Museveni a win over 10 other presidential candidates.
Kyagulanyi claims that the Declaration of Results forms that the party collected, when tallied, clearly indicate that he won the 14th January election with 54.19%. The Electoral Commission announced National Resistance Movement -NRM’s President Museveni winner of the 2021 election with 58.64%. But according to NUP’S audits, Museveni scored only 34.83%.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the closed-door meeting, Joel Ssenyonyi the National Unity Platform Spokesperson said that they told the EU team about the continued human rights abuses committed by security personnel on NUP supporters.
"Since the 15th of last month our offices have been under siege there is no activity we can carry from there, we have written to the Inspector General of Police, the Electoral Commission chairperson, but they are also waiting for the orders from above. This is unconstitutional,” said David Lubongoya, the NUP Secretary-General.
"People normally don't vote when it is raining we hope that they will come later on to vote," he said. In Nakawa East, the situation was the same. At St Mbagga Primary School in Kiwatule with 5 polling stations, by 8:00, am voting had begun at only one polling station.
According to the Electoral Commission guidelines, voters can only access polling stations if they are wearing a face mask and have washed their hands with soap and water. But there were no handwashing facilities at the stations today, neither did they provide hand sanitisers, to help voters to keep coronavirus disease at bay. In fact, even those with no face masks were not stopped from voting, both in Kampala and Wakiso.
The rains started a few minutes after 4 p.m. as stations closed the exercise, which was rather poorly attended. Polling officials in Nakawa and Makindye rushed to secure the ballot boxes in nearby shelters, from the open space where polling was conducted, all day long.
The EC spokesperson points out that further investigation must be done on invalid vote numbers because spoilt votes generate from conduct and behavior of a voter and might be protest votes from people seen from the way they cross out some candidates’ names, which may yield high numbers of the spoilt votes.
The 38-year-old pastor at the House of God Church in Entebbe town describes himself as a Mukiga born in Entebbe, a family man and father of five. While he is also a real estate dealer, Mwesigye says he can never do anything without inquiring from God through prayer.
The Spokesperson of the Electoral Commission Paul Bukenya, said that although the law allows candidates to put up posters to engage the electorate, the EC cannot determine where to put or not to put the posters.
According to information from Bweyogerere police station, the officers acted a tip-off from the local community that some people were defacing candidate’s campaign posters. A team of police officers that was dispatched found the suspects defacing the billboards of presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Kira municipality mayoral candidate, Mamerito Mugerwa.
Last evening, Eyeru the finance secretary for Soroti district youth council was elected National Youth Council chairperson. It transpires that he participated in elective politics without resigning his civil service job as required by law
Byabakama argues that not all EC officials may qualify to be judges so as to be subjected to the Judicial Service Commission. He says the current method of appointment and the attendant parliamentary vetting process remains a better option.
They don’t want completion because the last time we ring fenced their seats. Who are they not to have competition if even my office is competed for? How can they say they are democrats when they don’t want completion? I think they are just hyperventilating for nothing.