President Museveni polled 161, 864 votes at these polling stations representing 95.8 percent of votes cast, with all other candidates including Willy Mayambala with 14 ballots cast in his favour, at least getting some votes at the 409 stations. These polling stations had 1,354 invalid votes.
A voters register is compiled a year before election, but 409 polling
stations had 100 percent voter turnout in the January 14th
presidential election according to the analysis of results released by the
Though president Museveni polled 161,864 votes
at these polling stations representing 95.8 percent of votes cast, all other
candidates at least got votes. With 14 votes, Willy Mayambala got the least
number of votes from these polling stations. They had 1,354 invalid votes.
Except at three, Museveni won all the polling stations.National Unity Platform’s
Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine won one of these polling stations: Namaitsu Primary
Primary School in Budada district where he polled 311 votes, representing 73%
of cast votes.
These polling stations are spread in 29 districts. Isingiro
district had the highest number of polling stations—145— recording 100 percent
voter turnout. It is followed by Kiruhura with 68 polling stations and Kazo with
43 pollingstations having 100% voter turnout. These three districts have more than half of polling stations that
had 100 percent voter turnout.
100 percent voter turnout per district
That not a single voter died, was sick, was away from home or
decided not to votes at these polling stations, experts say raises questions
that beg to be probed. Such voter turnout, election observers argue, isn’t normal.
Before election, Independent Election Observer Crispy Kaheru says
Electoral Commission informed them that they would only flag polling stations
that returned more than 100 percent turnout. Indeed, Daily Monitor
reported that a polling station in Ssembabule
returned more than 100 percent voters turnout.
The Electoral Commission nullified results of 83 polling
stations for a number of reasons, including where “total votes cast exceeded
the number of registered voters for the polling stations.” But it did not
explain how many polling stations returned more votes cast than registered
Kaheru argues that any polling station that returned more 90
percent voter turnout should be flagged and questioned. Given that a voters register is compiled a year before election, he argues that its surprising that
a polling station can register 100 percent voter turnout a year later.
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This view is shared by Charity Ahimbisibwe of Citizen’s
Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU). “It’s not normal,” she
says, adding that 100 percent voter turnout should be studied critically by
actors in the electoral democracy arena.
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The question that need to be asked to the Electoral
Commission, Charity says is, for instance of a copy of voters register of
people who voted at that polling station. “You can go to these places; you can
go to Kazo; you can go to Kiruhura, meet people themselves and ask if they
showed up and voted.”
Isingiro District Returning Officer Mukundane David advised
URN to seek comment from EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya. But Bukenya has not
responded to several questions sent to him over the past two weeks.
Benjamin Muhanguzi who runs a civil society organization in
Isingiro says people never voted. “It’s the army that voted in many parts of
the district. So, the fact is Isingiro people did not speak with their voice on
Annie Nkutu, an Election Observer with Uganda Women Situation Room who went to
Isingiro, said she cannot talk about the figures. “Most of the observations we made
were in the early hours of the morning when voting was just beginning, we did
not go back in the evening," she said. "It’s hard to me for me to make a fair comment on
who was a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer in Isingiro North says, “rigging
was too much and could not be hidden.”
polling stations, Atuhairwe claims the “number of votes were more than
registered voters, but since there were no agents of other candidates, I think
they sat and ensured that things balance.”