The chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) Justice Simon Byabakama has revealed that presidential election results of 83 polling stations were not included in the final tally.
On Thursday 14th January, 2021 EC conducted Presidential Elections where Ugandans exercised their constitutional rights of choosing a president who will lead them through a five year term.
Byabakama said Uganda has a total 18,103,603 registered voters and 34,684 polling stations. He said only 10,350,819 people turned up to vote.
According to the EC, the excluded polling stations had 54,357 registered voters, a number which could not affect the final results. The presidential election which comprised 11 candidates was won by President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta who got 6,042,898 (58.38%). His closest opponent Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu got 3,631,437 votes (35.08%).
“The difference in votes obtained by the leading candidate and first runner up would not have a significant effect on the final results even if all the voters from the polling stations were added to the first runner up,” Justice Byabakama said.
The excluding of the results is alluded to allegations of ballot stuffing which gave rise to violence and destruction of the voting materials, grabbing of polling materials during the polling process and total votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters for the polling stations.
He decried of violence exhibited at various polling stations and urged police to investigate allegations of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officers who were captured ticking ballots.
“The Electoral Commission wishes to congratulate the people of Uganda on exercising their constitutional rights and participating in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections held on 14th January 2021, and the Local Government Councils elections held to date,” he said.