Opposition Agents Poke Holes in Tallying Process Top story

1777 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
James Okello Mogi, who represented Mbabazi, said Electoral Commission ignored their request to get details of the results right from the polling stations to the districts in order to corroborate their compilation.

The agents of opposition candidates at the national tally center at Namboole stadium have poked holes in President Yoweri Museveni's victory, saying he could have benefited from tallying irregularities.
 
 
This afternoon, Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Badru Kiggundu declared Museveni winner of the February 18th 2016 presidential elections.
 
 
According to the final results, Museveni garnered 5, 617,503 votes representing 60.7 percent of the total votes cast.  His main rival FDC's Kizza Besigye, came second with 3,270, 290 votes representing 35.37 percent.
 

 
Amama Mbabazi came third with 132, 574 votes (1.43 percent) followed by Abed Bwanika with 86, 075 (0.93 percent), Venansius Baryamureeba, 51, 086, General Benon Biraaro with 24, 675, Maureen Kyalya 40, 598 and Elton Joseph Mabirizi 23, 762 votes.
 
 
However, some agents of the opposition candidates have rejected the results, citing lack of transparency at the national tallying center. James Okello Mogi, who represented Mbabazi, said Electoral Commission ignored their requests to get details of the results right from the polling stations to the districts in order to corroborate their compilation.
 
 
//Cue In: What we expected was...
Cue Out:...instant verification//
 
Hadija Yatule, who represented independent candidate, Maureen Kyalya also voiced the same concerns, noting that there were discrepancies in the tallying process, which could have affected the final results.
 
Yatule says despite these flaws by the Electoral Commission, her candidate is ready to work with the winner of the elections.

Elisha Simba, the representative of independent presidential candidate, Elton Joseph Mabirizi conceded defeat. Simba noted that being his first time, Mabirizi had garnered more support, which he will consolidate when he considers another shot at the presidency.
 
//Cue In: My candidate Mabirizi...
Cue Out:...strong institutions//
 


The agent of Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, declined to speak to the media. Dr Kizza Besigye and General Benon Biraro were not represented at the tally center.
 
 
However, NRM Secretary General, Justine Lumumba boasted about the victory of their party presidential candidate, saying was a deserved win for the party. She dismissed accusations that the NRM had rigged the elections, saying the electorate has proved that the party is still the preferred candidate for Ugandans. 
 
//Cue In: I am so happy...
Cue Out:...of a leader//
 
She also asked Besigye and Mbabazi to consider returning to NRM.
 
 
 
//Cue In: They have seen...
Cue Out:...in NRM//


 

 

About the author

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.