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Museveni was Validly Re-elected President - Supreme Court

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In a ruling read by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the panel of nine judges agreed that the petitioner did not present substantial evidence to prove that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the law.
The judges have dismissed Mbabazi's presidential election petition
The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition challenging the outcome of the February 18 general election that was filed by former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.

The petition was particularly challenging the re-election the National Resistance Movement Candidate Yoweri Museveni for another five year office term.

Museveni was declared winner with 60.7 percent of the vote. He was followed by Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye with 35.37 percent. Amama Mbabazi, an independent candidate only managed 1.43 percent of the vote. The race attracted eight candidates.

But Mbabazi says the election was a fraud. He accuses Museveni, the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General of conspiring to give President Museveni an undeserving victory. He stated, among others, that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the law in holding the presidential election and as a result President Museveni was irregularly re-elected.

However, in a ruling read by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the panel of nine judges unanimously agreed that the petitioner did not present substantial evidence to prove that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the law.

The Ruling stated that the nine judges all concurred that that the Electoral Commission acted in its Constitutional mandate, had a valid national voters register and complied with law when it used the National Identity cards  to identify voters instead of the voters cards.

It further states that the use of biometric machines did not constitute non-compliance to the elections act and did not in any way disenfranchise voters.

Court also dismissed the contention on the use of the electronic transmission system saying its use did not in any way constitute non-compliance. The Chief Justice said the panel did not find major discrepancies in the results submitted by the district polling officials and those that were declared by the Electoral Commission.

He added that based on documents presented before court, the results declared by the Kiggundu-led commission were based on tally sheets submitted by Returning Officers.

“We have found that the petitioner had failed to prove that there was noncompliance in the transmission and announcing of results,” Katureebe stated.

The nine-judge panel has the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and justices Faith Mwondha, Eldad Mwangutsya, Stella Arach Amoko, Jotham Tumwesigye, Augustine Nshimye, Esther Kisakye, Okumu Wengi and Lillian Tibatemwa.

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