Byabakama Museveni maintains lead
According to Justice Simon Byabakama,, National Unity Platform’s vote percentage rose by over one per cent totalling up to 35.08% from the initial 34.83%. COURTESY PHOTO

Museveni has maintained his lead on 58.38% representing 6,042,898 votes following a final results tally for the just concluded presidential elections.

President-elect Museveni has maintained his lead on 58.38% following a final results tally for the just concluded presidential elections that was read out on Thursday by the Electoral Commission.

According to Justice Simon Byabakama, the EC chairperson, National Unity Platform’s vote percentage rose by over one per cent totalling up to 35.08% from the initial 34.83%.

Museveni got 6,042898 votes representing 58.38% from 5,851,037 votes (58.64%) that had earlier been announced whereas Kyagulanyi who came second has seen his percentage increase from the initial 34.83 (3,475,298 votes) to 35.08% (3631437 votes),” the Commission chairperson readout.

Also, he said that results from 83 polling stations with a total of 54,357 registered voters were not included in the final tally.

“The commission wishes to inform Ugandans that results from 83 polling stations with a total number of 54357 registered voters were not included in the final tally,” Byabakama said.

He highlighted that the results were excluded due to allegations of ballot stuffing that gave rise to violence and destruction of the voting materials at the polling stations, grabbing of polling materials during the polling process, and declaration forms missing in the envelopes and the metallic black box among other reasons.

Byabakama Museveni maintains lead
According to Justice Simon Byabakama,, National Unity Platform’s vote percentage rose by over one per cent totalling up to 35.08% from the initial 34.83%. COURTESY PHOTO

Earlier following the January 14 polls, the EC announced provisional results declaring Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa as the victor with 58.64% of the votes while Kyagulanyi who came second scooped only 34.83% of the votes.

Speaking bout the earlier declaration, however, Mr Byabakama stressed that the provisional results accounted for 96.47% polling stations across the country.

He said that according to the legal requirements, a candidate can be declared provided they obtain more than 50% of the valid cast votes at the election.

The EC chairperson emphasized that the commission also considered the fact that the remaining results would not have made a difference between the leading candidate and the runner up. 

“The declaration met the legal requirements of section 57(4) of the Presidential Elections Act which provides that a candidate shall be declared as president if he / she has obtained more than 50% of the valid cast votes at the election,” Byabakama emphasized.

“The difference in votes obtained by the leading candidates (Museveni) and first runner up(Kyagulanyi) would not have a significant effect on the final results even if all the votes from the remaining polling stations were added to the first runner up,” he added.