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Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala, the party Spokesperson, Enock Opio Okoler, said the entire election right from the campaigns was marred with human right violations and can’t pass the test of free and fair elections.
Enock Opio and other DP leaders addressing Journalists today at City House

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The Democratic Party-DP has rejected the results of the just concluded presidential elections that returned the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama declared Museveni elected with 5,851,037 votes followed by his National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi with 3,475,298 votes.  

Patrick Oboi Amuriat from the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC came third with 323,536 votes, the Alliance for National Transformation-ANT president, Gen. Gregg Mugisha Muntu came fourth with 65,334 votes and DP’s Norbert Mao came fifth with 55,665 votes.

The other candidates in the race include Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Nancy Kalembe, John Katumba, Fred Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala. Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala, the party Spokesperson, Enock Opio Okoler, said the entire election right from the campaigns was marred with human rights violations and can’t pass the test of free and fair elections. 

He faulted the Electoral Commission for surrendering the entire election to security organs that turned it into war with heavy deployment across the country.  

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Okoler says the party will not go to court and will not encourage any candidate to take the same path, saying they will only be legitimizing the process.  

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DP has advised other opposition players under the Unity in Diversity forum to reject the elections wholesomely and shun taking up their Parliamentary seats and focus their energies on mobilizing their constituents to push out the ruling government. 

Okoler says that opposition parties should not settle for the small victories that they achieved at parliamentary level but remain focused on the main cause of changing government.  

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DP has also commended the continued confinement of the NUP president, Robert Kyagulanyi to his home by security. Okoler says if Kyagulanyi has any case to answer, he should be produced before Courts of law other than trampling on his constitutional rights and freedoms.      

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