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Court should throw out NUP’s election petition – EC’s Justice Byabakama

Justice Simon Byabakama (Courtesy Photo)

The chairperson of the Uganda Electoral Commission has asked the Supreme Court to throw out the election petition filed by the National Unity Platform challenging the results of the January 14th presidential Elections.

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According to the EC boss, the elections were free and fair, and there were no irregularities that could affect the results and thus requested, through his lawyers Kampala Associated Advocates and Okello Oryem Advocates, the court to dismiss Kyagulanyi’s election petition.

“The Electrol process was free and fair and if there were any irregularities, they were minor and didn’t affect the election results in any substantial manner.”

Justice Simon Byabaka, EC Chairperson

According to Justice Byabakama, Kyagulanyi’s complaints about his campaign meetings that were frustrated and blocked were in breach of the Electoral Commission guidelines as well as the SOPs set by the Ministry of Health to control spread of Covid-19.

He dismissed the allegations that the EC was involved in the decision by the government to have the internet switched off so as to frustrate NUP’s U-vote app indicating that the EC is the only body mandated to announce results.

Byabakama also dismissed allegations that the body that he chairs works under the control of President Museveni and underlined the fact that the Uganda Electoral Commission is an independent body.

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