Museveni’s Votes Increase To 6million in Final Tally

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28 Jan 2021 13:50
EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama during a recent interview with URN at his office

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Electoral Commission-EC has released the final tally of the presidential election results after adding the results from the polling stations, which were left out when declaring the winner about a fortnight ago.

Speaking to reporters at their headquarters at Jinja Road Kampala, the EC Chairperson Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon explained that the results from 1223 polling stations across the country were left out 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 1223 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.

According to the results declared on January 16, Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, the National Resistance Movement-NRM presidential candidate won the polls with 5,851,037 votes representing 58.64 percent against Kyagulanyi’s 3,475,298 votes representing 34.85 percent.  

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%.

Speaking for the first time after announcing the presidential election results, Justice 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.   

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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.    

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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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