Amama Mbabazi: Petition is about Electoral Injustices

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Today, our struggle to effect peaceful transition of power takes another leap of faith to challenge the process and outcome of the presidential elections conducted on 18th February 2016.

Today, our struggle to effect peaceful transition of power takes another leap of faith to challenge the process and outcome of the presidential elections conducted on 18th February 2016.
 
I have filed in the Supreme Court of Uganda in an election petition against Candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the First Respondent and The Electoral Commission as the Second Respondent on the grounds that;
 
1.     The election offences by candidate Yoweri Museveni and his agents grossly undermined the electoral processes. The malpractices include voter bribery, threats of violence, abusive language, arbitrary arrests of candidates and supporters of opponents as well as, forced disappearances among others. These were widely reported and our evidence collected so far attests to the same. All these contravene the Presidential Elections Act.
 
2.     The Electoral Commission, on the other hand, did not conduct the election in compliance with the principles laid down in the Presidential Election Act 2005 and of the Electoral Commission Act.
On the basis of the broad issues and grounds mentioned, I have submitted my petition imploring the Supreme Court to annul the presidential election. The offences committed by candidate Museveni and the non-compliance with the law by the Electoral Commission, in my view, had a substantial effect on the final outcome.
 
Our petition is supported by very clear and credible evidence that has been scrutinised by a team of legal experts to prove that this election was fundamentally flawed. I have faith that the honourable court is competent and independent enough to deliver a fair judgement within the stipulated 30 days.
 
Ultimately, this case is not just about me but about the injustices perpetrated during this election in an effort to wholly undermine democracy and rule of law in this country. This case is not about the outcome but more about the processes that led to the election outcome.
 
 
I urge all concerned citizens to closely and peacefully follow the forthcoming proceedings. I also urge any citizen that has additional evidence that is credible and admissible to come out without fear and submit the said evidence.
 
 
For God and My Country
 
 
      AMAMA MBABAZI, MP, SC
      Presidential Candidate 2016
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.