Mbabazi Denounces 2016 Poll Result

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The former NRM Secretary General says there was no leveled ground during the period before and during the campaign. He says state security agencies intimidated voters and candidates. He alleges ballot papers were pre-ticked in favor of the NRM candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Former presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has blamed his failure in the just concluded presidential election to unlevelled ground, sighting numerous irregularities in the process.

Mbabazi in a statement hours after the official results were announced notes that his efforts to conduct public consultations in September last year were unlawfully curtailed by state agents thus infringing on his right as a presidential aspirant and later candidate.
He explained that the e police chose to unleash tear gas and use live ammunition on innocent civilians instead and that the illegal actions by the state have been a common feature during the election 2016 period as was illustrated by the arrests, assault, disappearance and death of his supporters.
Amama Mbabazi deplored  actions of state-sponsored militias like the Crime Preventers, the intimidation of  his mobilizers country-wide and the raiding, by police his offices at Nakasero and residence in Kololo.

European Union (EU) and Common Wealth Observes in statements issued earlier also said that the elections were not free and fair sighting rampant intimidation of voters by the state.
Mbabazi is the second Presidential candidate to denounce the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections after the Forum for Democratic change party whose candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye has been denied the right to express himself on the outcome of the elections. 

The results announced by Electoral Commission indicate that the former Prime Minister and NRM Secretary general polling 132, 574 (1.43 percent) votes.

Mbabazi says the media gave more prominence to Yoweri  Museveni as opposed to all the presidential candidates as per the several Election Media Monitoring reports released by the African Center for Media Excellence.

Mbabazi the leader of the TDA (U) - Go Forward Coalition says he has launched investigations and evidence gathering into the numerous irregularities reported including pre-ticked presidential ballot papers in favor of the the incumbent.

The investigation will also focus on alleged intimidation of the opposition by the army, false tallying by presiding officers and the obstruction of his polling agents.

He says there is evidence that the election was fundamentally flawed and that the announced results were not a reflection of the will of the Ugandan people.
Mbabazi however calls for calm among his supporters and the general public saying they will be duly informed of the next move after the investigations into the irregularities are concluded. It is not yet clear whether he will challenge the out come of the polls.

Article 104 of the 1995 constitution gives right to an aggrieved presidential candidate to petition the Supreme Court for an order that a candidate declared by Electoral Commission as president was not validly elected.

If Amama Mbabazi chooses to challenge the result in court, then he has ten days to lodge a petition in the Supreme Court registry.

The Supreme Court under article 104(3) is require inquiring and determine the petition expeditiously and declare its findings not later than thirty days from the date the petition was filed.

After due inquiry, the Supreme Court may dismiss the petition, declare which candidate was validly elected or annul the election.

The constitution says where an election is annulled, a fresh election shall be held within twenty days from the date of annulment.

Dr. Kiiza Besigye has twice chosen to take this path by challenging the elections results. Though the court indeed confirm the irregularities, some judges said the malpractices did not substantially affect the outcome of the polls.

Dr. kiiza Besigye has in the past said he would not challenge the outcome of the results in court saying this appeal process is flawed.

Constitutional lawyers have also said the existence of the sustainability clause in the laws has virtually tied the judges freedom to make rulings nullifying the elections.     


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