Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala, the party Spokesperson, Enock Opio Okoler, said the entire election right from the campaigns was marred with human right violations and can’t pass the test of free and fair elections.
The Democratic Party-DP has rejected the results of the just
concluded presidential elections that returned the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni. The Electoral Commission
Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama declared Museveni elected with 5,851,037
votes followed by his National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert
Kyagulanyi with 3,475,298 votes.
Patrick Oboi Amuriat from the Opposition Forum for
Democratic Change-FDC came third with 323,536 votes, the Alliance for National
Transformation-ANT president, Gen. Gregg Mugisha Muntu came fourth with 65,334
votes and DP’s Norbert Mao came fifth with 55,665 votes.
The other candidates
in the race include Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Nancy Kalembe, John Katumba, Fred
Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala. Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala, the party
Spokesperson, Enock Opio Okoler, said the entire election right from the
campaigns was marred with human rights violations and can’t pass the test of
free and fair elections.
He faulted the
Electoral Commission for surrendering the entire election to security organs
that turned it into war with heavy deployment across the country.
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Okoler says the party will not go to court and will not encourage any candidate
to take the same path, saying they will only be legitimizing the process.
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DP has advised other opposition players under the Unity in
Diversity forum to reject the elections wholesomely and shun taking up their
Parliamentary seats and focus their energies on mobilizing their constituents to
push out the ruling government.
Okoler says that opposition parties
should not settle for the small victories that they achieved at parliamentary
level but remain focused on the main cause of changing government.
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DP has also commended the continued confinement of the NUP president, Robert
Kyagulanyi to his home by security. Okoler says if Kyagulanyi has any case to
answer, he should be produced before Courts of law other than trampling on his
constitutional rights and freedoms.