KAMPALA – National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, on Monday, February 1, 2021 filed in the Supreme Court a petition challenging the outcome of the January 14 election.
Bobi Wine, in the petition by his lawyers, asked court to nullify President Museveni’s victory, saying the election exercise was not conducted in accordance with the laws of the land.
“The election was invalid on grounds that it was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the provision of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act,” his petition reads in part.
He added that the continued disruption of his campaigns by police and the army on many occasions, despite clearance from the relevant authorities also indicates that the election was not free and fair. Bobi Wine adds that there was multiple voting and ballot stuffing in various parts of the country during the elections while the transmission and tabulation of actual results of the presidential elections was not transparent.
“Contrary to section 3 and 2 of the Presidential Elections Act, officers of the Uganda Police Force and the UPDF on several occasions and in several parts of the country prevented the petitioner from carrying out his nationwide consultations in preparation for his nomination as a presidential candidate.”
Mr Kyagulanyi also accuses the Electoral Commission of banning his campaigns in some districts to favour NRM’s Yoweri Museveni.
“Contrary to articles 1, 8A, 20(2), 28, 29,38 and 43 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda , the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act, through a press statement dated December 26,2020 the second respondent (Electoral Commission) arbitrarily, irrationally and indefinitely banned election campaign meetings in Kampala capital city, districts and cities of Jinja,Kabale, Kalungu, Masaka, Tororo, Luweero, Wakiso , greater Mukono,Mbarara, Kabarole, Kasese and Kazo thereby frustrating the petitioner’s right to associate, assemble and interface with the electorate.”
He argues that government refused and neglected to cause amendments to the relevant laws which would have ensured free and fair elections as directed by the Supreme Court after the 2016 election petition filed by Amama Mbabazi.
Bobi Wine wants court to declare the elections null and void and also nullify Museveni’s victory.