FDC Calls for Independent Audit of Presidential Election Results

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Major General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, says given the gross irregularities and rigging that marred the elections, it is prudent that the poll results are audited by a committee of independent individuals and eminent persons from the international community.

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party is demanding for an independent audit into the February 18th presidential elections.

Major General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, says given the gross irregularities and rigging that marred the elections, it is prudent that the poll results are audited by a committee of independent individuals and eminent persons from the international community.

 
 Citing about 50 polling stations where the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni is said to have garnered 100 %, Muntu says this is just a drop in the ocean of pointers to the fact that the election was rigged and requires in-depth investigations. 

  
Muntu told journalists at a media briefing at the FDC party headquarters in Najjanakumbi this afternoon that the continued blockade of FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye from accessing courts of law is telling of a state aimed at violating citizens' civic rights.
 

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The FDC National Executive Council (NEC)'s decision to call for an independent audit comes a day after the closure of the 10 days window for the party to challenge the poll results in court. FDC failed to petition the Supreme Court to challenge the poll results, citing interference by security.

 
The party is considering whether or not to support the election petition by independent presidential candidate, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi. On Tuesday, Mbabazi's lawyer petitioned the Supreme court demanding the annulment of the presidential election results and declaration of Museveni as president elect.

  
However, Ofwono Opondo, NRM deputy spokesperson scoffs at this, noting that FDC does not have credible evidence to prove its claims on vote rigging. "I challenge them to produce the evidence because all they have done is talk about it but with nothing to show. That  claim of 50 polling stations all voting for Museveni is possible. Let them prove otherwise," Ofwono said. 
 

Another resolution by NEC is that security agencies withdraw from the home of Besigye's home in Kasangati and the party headquarters. When asked about efforts by former presidential candidate, Benon Biraro to mediate talks between Besigye and Museveni, a tough talking Muntu said Museveni is unreliable and cannot be trusted.
 
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.