According to the breakdown president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni garnered 264 votes, followed by Dr. Kizza Besigye, Abeid Bwanika, Joseph Mabirizi and Maureen Faith Kyalya Waluube who got two votes each, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi one vote while Prof. Venansius Baryamureeb and the late General. Benon Buta Biraaro got zero votes.
Half of the
votes cast at Bwerenga (N-Z) Radio polling station in Kisubi Parish, Busiro
South County in Wakiso District in the 2016 presidential elections were
invalid. According to the EC register,
there were 734 registered voters at Bwerenga (N-Z) Radio polling station.
the 2016 elections 538 votes were cast at this polling station. However, 273 votes were valid and the
remaining 265 were invalid representing 49.26 percent of the votes cast.
the breakdown president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni garnered 264 votes, followed by
Dr. Kizza Besigye, Abeid Bwanika, Joseph Mabirizi and Maureen Faith Kyalya
Waluube who got two votes each, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi one vote while
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeb and the late General. Benon Buta Biraaro got zero
However, four years after the elections, some voters, polling agents and
local leaders have disputed some of the data. Fred Masete, the polling agent for Mbabazi at Bwerenga (A-M) and Bwerenga (N-Z)
Radio polling stations and Charles Ssenkumba, a polling agent for Museveni at
A-M polling station who voted at Bwerenga (N-Z) Radio polling station have
disputed the number of the invalid votes.
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Heinlein Nyondo, Grace Nalubega and Teopista Nakato who voted at the N-Z
polling station also dispute the invalid number of votes. Nakato, who voted for
President Yoweri Museveni in 2016, says although Besigye did not win at
Bwerenga (N-Z) polling station he didn’t get only two votes.
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Nalubega argues that EC polling and tallying officials inflated the number of
invalid votes to deny Besigye victory. She suspects that the polling officials
could have changed the figures because polling started after midday and
tallying was done at night. Nyondo says polling
stopped around 7pm and tallying ended after 10 pm.
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Joseph Emoit, the NRM chairperson in Bwerenga village also disputes the number
of invalid votes at Bwerenga (N-Z) Radio polling station. He says the huge
number of invalid votes is an embarrassment to both the voters and his legacy
for the last 27 years as Bwerenga LC 1 chairperson.
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village is home to over 4,000 people. According to Emoit, says that there were
less than 30 invalid votes at the polling station because "Bwerenga is a
model village in Katabi Town Council and his people know what to do. “So it is
not possible that we had over 250 invalid votes. Otherwise, we would have known
about it in 2016,” he said.
He adds that
such figures should have compelled the EC and civil society organizations to
carry out voter and civic education ahead of the 2020/2021 elections. Voters
say no civic education has been done so far in the village. Emoit with assistance from residents tried to find out the names of the presiding
officers because they were aliens and only appeared on the polling day.
Attempts to get copies of the election result
declaration forms from the polling agents of Museveni, Besigye or Mbabazi were
Emoit telephoned one of the polling officers who manned the A-M polling station
in 2016, he was unsuccessful. The officer directed Emoit to the Assistant
Registrar's office in Kawuku.
Our reporters also found it difficult to trace
the presiding officers of this polling station both at the EC offices in Kawuku
and Wakiso. Paul Bukenya, the acting EC Spokesperson, concurs that the number of invalid
votes at Bwerenga (N-Z) polling station in 2016 was "out rightly on a
very high side."But he says that the data was received from the officials
at the polling station and is treated as official.
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him to avail the declaration of results form of the digitized declaration forms
from the polling station in vain. Bukenya said they are in the midst of
preparing for the 2020/2021 general election and cannot go back to data of four
Bukenya, however, says some voters invalidate their votes deliberately
as a form of protest while others are accidental.