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The election was undoubtedly free and fair – President Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhabura (Courtesy Photo)

National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairperson President Museveni stated that the elections held on January 14th, 2021 in which he was declared winner were undoubtedly free and fair.

He made the remarks over the weekend in response to National Unity Platform’s election petition with the Supreme Court of Uganda challenging the presidential election results.

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner with 6,042898 votes representing 58.38% and Kyagulanyi as the runners up with 3631437 votes but in his challenge, the NUP presidential candidate says there were a number of irregularities that make the election and its outcome null and void.

However, in his response filed by his lawyers from K &K Advocates and Byenkya, Kihika &Company Advocates on Saturday, Museveni said he was validly elected because the election was freed and fair.

“The elections were conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act and in compliance with the principles laid down in those provisions and any non-compliance in the conduct of the election, which is denied, did not affect the results of the election in a substantial manner,” read part of the statement made in response to the election petition.

NUP’s Kyagulanyi took to the Supreme Court of Uganda to file for an election petition challenging the election results that Uganda Electoral Commission’s Justice Simon Byabakama used to declare President Museveni as winner.

In their submission, NUP’s legal team asked the court to not only nullify the election but also ban President Museveni from ever participating in any other election exercises in Uganda.

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