The National Unity Platform (NUP) has rejected results of Thursday’s presidential elections claiming that “they don’t reflect the will of the people.”
The Electoral Commission (EC) announced President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni winner of the elections with 5,851,037 votes representing 58.6 percent of the vote while his main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform (NUP) came in second position with 3,475,298 votes – 34.8 percent.
Addressing journalists at the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya near Kampala, the party’s deputy president in charge of Buganda, Mathias Mpuuga called the results a “fraud.” “We have evidence of ballot staffing and all forms of electoral malpractice,” Mpuuga said.
EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama downplayed claims of electoral fraud and challenged the opposition party to bring forth evidence to prove the claims.
Museveni in a televised speech on Saturday evening described the January 14 poll as “the most cheating free election” since 1962, the year Uganda got independence.
Mpuuga claimed that they have evidence to back up their case much as a number of their agents have been arrested and the declaration of results forms from the presidential election confiscated by security personnel.
The party has also demanded for the unconditional withdraw of the security forces from the politician’s residence.
“He hasn’t been charged of any cases for which his residence has been turned into a remand centre. Perhaps his crime is defeating Mr. Museveni on a day he had elected for his crowning as an emperor,” Mpuuga said.
He said that Kyagulanyi at the moment is not allowed to leave or receive any visitors at his residence.