The Electoral Commission has admitted that there were electoral irregularities in 189 polling stations countrywide during last month's presidential and parliamentary polls.
The Commission's lawyers told the Supreme Court on Monday that the irregularities were mainly in Pallisa district, where results from 29 polling stations had to be canceled. Although they did not specify what the irregularities entailed, the lawyers also mentioned the new districts of Kiruhura and Manafa as some of the key problem areas.
Opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, has petitioned the Supreme Court to cancel the results of the February 23rd presidential elections. He contends that the polls, in which Yoweri Museveni was elected to a third term of office, were fraught with irregularities. He says the Electoral Commission colluded with Museveni to falsify the results of the election.
Although the Electoral Commission admitted to some fault in the conduct of the polls, its lawyer, the Director for Civil litigation, Joseph Matsiko, said the 189 stations only represented 0.8% of the total number of polling stations countryside.
Hearing of the petition continues with lawyers for President Museveni responding to claims that Museveni used unlawful methods to gain an unfair advantage over his opponents in the elections.