6 million voted for Museveni

Museveni in Rukungiri

More than six million Ugandans voted to hand President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni another term of office, the final declaration by the Electoral Commission (EC) shows.

The final tally of the presidential election results was released on Thursday, January 28, almost two weeks after the electoral body declared Museveni winner of January 14 elections with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 percent).

The EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told journalists at the EC headquarters in Kampala that the declaration he earlier made excludes results from 1,223 polling stations across the country as the commission tried to meet the statutory requirement of declaring results within 48 hours after the close of voting.

Byabakama said the total number of registered voters in the 1,223 polling stations that were left out of the tally is 694,229 voters, which meant that even if all of them voted for the runner up, the eventual winner would still have obtained the mandatory 51 percent votes to be declared an outright winner.

The final tally has seen Museveni obtaining an extra 191,861votes pushing his final tally to 6,042,898 votes representing 58.38% while Kygaulanyi got an extra 156,139 votes pushing his final tally to 3,631,437 votes representing 35.0%.

Byabakama denied accusations that he declared doctored results. Kyagulanyi who has already dismissed as a sham the results of the elections claimed without providing evidence that EC connived with the government of President, Museveni to steal his victory.   

Byabakama wondered whether those who were questioning him on the transmission of results were interested in the transmission or the final results.

He said that they have a temper proof system that enabled them to transmit results as they were declared by various district returning officers.    

According to the final results, 10,744,319 out of the 18,103603 registered Ugandan voters representing 59.35 percent participated in the elections. Of these, 10,350,819 were valid votes, while 393,500 representing 3.66 percent were invalid votes.

On the other hand, 29,913 were spoilt ballots. February 3, marks the end of the 2020/2021 electoral calendar with the election of Sub County, division, town council chairpersons and councillors. 


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