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Electoral Process Was Highly Manipulated – Muntu

Muntu says that it was by design, that the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wins in particular areas and also downplays particular candidates including those in the presidential and parliamentary race.
A voter casts his vote at one of the polling stations in Kampala Central Division. Photo by Olive Nakatudde

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The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate Gen. Gregg Mugisha Muntu has said that the just concluded election was greatly manipulated and does not in any way, reflect the will of the people. 

Muntu says that it was by design, that the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wins in particular areas and also downplays particular candidates including those in the presidential and parliamentary race.   

Gen. Muntu made the statement in an interview with Uganda Radio Network-URN this morning, regarding his loss in a race in which he came fourth with a cumulative total of 65,334 votes representing 0.65 of the total votes cast.      

According to the results that were declared by the Electoral Commission, the presidential race election was won by the NRM Candidate Yoweri Museveni with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 percent). He was then followed by National Unity Platform's -NUP Robert Kyagulanyi with 3,475,298 votes (34.83 per cent) and Forum for Democratic Change's -FDC Patrick Oboi Amuriat with 323,536 votes (3.24 per cent). 

Muntu’s party, the Alliance for National Transformation did not secure a single parliamentary seat, despite fronting what was initially seen as stronger candidates in several parts of the country. The party’s bigwigs who lost the race include Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru, and Kassiano Wadri, among others. 

“There was a lot of manipulation in the electoral process, the use of money is still heavy in our electoral process which is unfortunate. It has two ways that one can look at it; the regime which uses taxpayer’s money and a population which is easily influenced by money," Muntu says. 

The former Army Commander adds that the use of the military in many places during campaigns as something that undermined the electoral process. He specifically pointed out Ntungamo district where he said that men in uniform were used to manipulate the process in order to defeat Gerald Karuhanga. Muntu also points to pre-ticked ballots in the areas of Ruhaama, Isingiro, Nyabushozi and others.

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Muntu cites a need to change the electoral process to become meaningful.  “Some of us are in this thing for the long haul. What worries me most is the culture that has taken root in the whole process. To find that the process is so fraud, but results have been announced already, so we are going to sit as a party and determine which direction to take,” he said. 

Gen. Muntu also said that his party is going to listen to other parties in the opposition to understand which action they want to take and then harmonize. 

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The declared results by the electoral body indicate that out of the registered 18,103,603 voters across the country, 10,359,479 people cast their vote and 9,978,093 of these were counted as valid votes. This means that 381,386 were invalid. 

The country has a total of 34,684 polling stations and the declared results are from 33,427 polling stations. Votes from 1,257 polling stations across the country were not included in the presidential results. Some of the affected polling stations are Wakiso (271), Kampala (50), Mukono (81), Bunyangabu (87) and others.

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