Mbabazi's Legal Team: EC Disenfranchised Voters Top story

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Mbabazis lead lawyer, Muhammad Mbabazi told Justices of the Supreme Court this afternoon on day two of the presidential election petition hearing, that most of the polling stations in Kampala and Wakiso received voting materials as a late as 2:30pm.

The legal team of former independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi has told the Supreme Court that the late delivery of voting materials in Kampala and Wakiso districts during the February presidential elections affected over 1 million voters.
 
Mbabazi's lead lawyer, Muhammad Mbabazi told Justices of the Supreme Court this afternoon on day two of the presidential election petition hearing, that most of the polling stations in Kampala and Wakiso received voting materials as a late as 2:30pm.  
 
He said only 48 percent of the registered voters in both districts, which are believed to be opposition strongholds cast their votes. Mbabazi said the failure by Electoral Commission to deliver the voting materials in time violated the presidential elections act, which says voting materials should be delivered within 48 hours.
 
On Monday, during cross examination Engineer Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairperson told court that the ideal time for delivering the voting materials was 24 hours.
 
On using national identity cards instead of the voter's cards, Asuman Basalirwa, another lawyer of Mbabazi, said EC abdicated its role constitutional responsibility to compile, maintain and update the voter's register. He said the duty to obtain data for the national voter's register is an exclusive constitutional preserve of Electoral Commission and not any other agency.
 

He said by using the national identity card, EC violated the law, which affected the credibility and integrity of the register. Basalirwa also noted that there was no basis in the law for retiring the old voter's register, adding that the law only talks of compiling, revising and updating the voter's register. 

He said that in the absence of a register compiled, revised and updated by Electoral Commission, the entire exercise is null and void.