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Severino Twinobusingye, a member of Amama Mbabazis legal team sought clarification from court as to which to DR forms Tumusiime was referring too, since they havent availed any evidence in court. He said the copies of the DR forms that the Commission filed in the registry of the Supreme Court were smuggled in without their notice and dont include the scanned copies from, which the final results were declared.

The Supreme Court has ordered Electoral Commission to produce the scanned copies of the declaration of results- DR forms from which it declared the presidential election results at the National Tally Center at Namboole Stadium. Court has also asked EC to avail the clone data base of the presidential election results announced. 

This came after Enos Tumusiime, the Electoral Commission lawyer told the Justices of the Supreme Court that vote counting, tallying and declaration of presidential elections results by the Commission complied with the law.  Severino Twinobusingye, a member of Amama Mbabazi's legal team sought clarification from court as to which DR forms Tumusiime was referring to, since they haven't availed any evidence in court. 

He said the copies of the DR forms that the Commission filed in the registry of the Supreme Court were smuggled in without their notice and don't include the scanned copies from, which the final results were declared. Twinobusingye prayed that the DR forms be expunged from the records of the Supreme Court. In his response, Tumusiime said if court permitted the DR forms could be withdrawn.  

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe directed that EC provides the DR forms to the petitioner and Justices and writes to the court formally. However, Mohmed Mbabazi, the lead counsel of Mbabazi interjected, saying they had already closed their pleading and couldn't use the document but Katureebe said the documents should be delivered, saying the petitioner would be availed extra time to respond to them in case there is need.

Tumusiime said the DR forms will be delivered to court this evening. Twinobusingye explained that they want the scanned copies as well as the clones of the data base. Tumusiime answered back saying they can't provide the clones arguing that it will undo the entire integrity of the data base and, that in any case the law, doesn't give the petitioner powers to keep the data base.
 
On the transmission of results from the polling station to the district tally centers and on to the national center, Tumusiime, said Electoral Commission complied with the law. He said there is no single document or evidence by the petitioner to show otherwise. He also said there were no malpractices relating to the counting of votes and that the EC also has powers to announce partial results as other results continue to be delivered.

Tumusiime said the results from the district tally centers were transmitted via the electronic result transmission and dissemination system, which is a secure network that transmits encrypted information that is automatically consolidated to deliver to the national tally. He asked what more the petitioner wants, adding that in any case it is not mandatory that the results have to be transmitted electronically.

Tumusiime also disputed the allegation that the Electoral Commission had no tally center. He said the petitioner's complaint is that they never witnessed how the information came, and asked what the EC should do when the law only mandates EC to ascertain and declare the results. He said from the final results Museveni got 5.6 million constituting 60.7 percent while Amama Mbabazi got 132,574 votes or 1.4 percent.
 
 
He asked if the petition says it is not General Museveni who won the election, then who did? Tumusiime said he is sorry to say that the petitioner didn't win, but also had no chance of winning the elections. He added that, the only candidate who got more than 50 percent, actually 60.7 percent is General Museveni and no one else.
 
                        
On the alleged illegal tally center in Naguru, he said there is no allegation which is more wild than this.  He said the petitioner failed to name the source of the allegation, the location of the illegal tally center nor how he got the information. He concluded by saying it is the duty of the Electoral Commission to declare Museveni elected and by so doing, the EC complied with the law.