In Kiruhura—the president’s home district—Museveni polled 23,130 more votes than the people who voted for the Woman MP. He scored 75,483, representing 98.76 of votes cast, in the district that had a voter turnout of 93. 91 per cent.
President Yoweri Museveni scored
50,805 more votes than the people who voted for the Woman Member of Parliament
in the districts of Kazo, Kiruhura and Isingiro in western Uganda. This means
that 50,805 voted for the president but did not take part in voting for
District Woman Member of Parliament in these districts, even though voting
happened on the same day, at the same polling stations.
In Kiruhura—the president’s home
district—Museveni polled 23,130 more votes than the people who voted for the Woman
MP. He scored 75,483, representing 98.76 of votes cast, in the district that
had a voter turnout of 93. 91 per cent.
The records show that 76,743 out
of 81,891 registered voters, in Kiruhura voted for the President. But on the
same day, in the same district and from the same number of polling stations, 52,353
voters participated in the election of the Woman MP across the district, a
difference of 29 per cent of the voters. This figure includes 464 invalid
This figure is derived from
examination of Woman MP declaration forms in these districts and tally sheets
of presidential election results released by the Electoral Commission last
A significant difference in
Kiruhura’s voter turnout is in Nyabushozi constituency which was won by NRM’s
Wilson Kajwengye. Museveni scored 57,580 votes in Nyabushozi yet the
constituency voter turnout for MP was 36,753 voters. Kajwengye says “there is no law that forces one
to vote for any candidate. He adds; “in fact, most people came, voted and left.
A lot of importance is attached to the party president. And that is what people
preferred. I cannot cry, I cannot scream for anything.”
Kajwengye says that any person
who thinks that the difference in voter turnout means there was rigging, would
be engaging in “speculation and stretching imagination.” Kiruhura District Returning
Officer, Deborah Asiimwe says she is not aware of the variance in voter
turnout, but promised to study it.
The trend is similar in Kazo, a
district which was curved out of Kiruhura two years ago. Here, the president
scored 73,043 votes representing 98.04 per cent of the total votes cast. Kazo
has 92,843 registered voters. But only 53,557 registered voters participated in
the election of the Kazo Woman Member of Parliament.
This means Museveni scored 19,486
more votes than the number of people who participated in the election of the woman
MP. While the voter turnout for the president was 81.41, it was only 57.68, for
the Woman MP, a 23.73 percentage difference.
Kazo District Returning Officer
Gustavus Kakeire advised URN to contact the Electoral Commission for clarity on
the matter. But EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya says this question requires time
to research and verify figures.
This pattern is further reflected
in Isingiro district where the president score 8,189 votes more than the total
voter turnout for the District Woman MP. There is a difference of 9.74 per cent (22,710
voters) between voter turnout for the president and District Woman
MP. The president polled 188,609 votes in Isingiro (93.37 percent).
The focus on these districts was
informed by the fact that its where Museveni polled 100 per cent at tens of
polling stations. But there are districts such as Kisoro and Nakaseke with
polling stations where Museveni polled 100 per cent, without any significant
difference in voter turnout for the president and Woman MP.
URN could not trace election
observers who went to Kazo and Kiruhura on election day. But several NRM
leaders in the two districts told URN last year that no election observer has
ever written a report pinning them on rigging. Anne Nkutu, an Election Observer
with Uganda Women Situation Room who went to Isingiro says she could not talk
about the figures.
“Most of the observations we made
were in the early hours of the morning when voting was just beginning. We did
not go back in the evening. It’s hard to me for me to make a fair comment on
figures,” she says. Nkutu says in the
morning hours when they visited polling stations, “people were not so many.”
Bernard Sabiiti, a Data and
Public Policy Analyst says that such a variance between voter turnout for the
president and Woman MP is indicative that there was “vote tampering for the
president and none for the MP position. You can’t tell me that in all these
examples, some voters were simply voting for the president alone and skipping
voting for MP.”
Peter Bogere, an official from
the Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC), an
organization that conducts voter education thinks that a big voter turnout
difference means there was rigging. “It’s difficult and inconceivable for
someone to tell me that voters came, voted for the president and went. If there
is any difference, it should be more than two per cent.”
The National Unity Platform –NUP Presidential
Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has petitioned the Supreme Court, calling for the nullification
of the presidential election that Museveni won with 58 per cent. But Sabiiti
argues that such “probable evidence of rigging” will not be entertained in
court. “It is still important that this analysis of EC’s own data is done to
show the world how nakedly rigged this election may have been,” he says.
There is also a 5.9 per cent
difference between turnout for the president and Woman MP in Ntungamo where Museveni
got 161,655 votes in Ntungamo, which is equal to 85 per cent of the total votes