East Africa

EC going against the law on DR forms-Katureebe


Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe Thursday ordered the Electoral Commission to produce declaration forms used to announce President Yoweri Museveni winner of 2016 elections.

Electoral Commission lawyer Tumusiime told court his client was still busy with elections and unable to provide DR forms before Saturday as ordered by court.

“These Declaration of Results forms [requested by Mbabazi lawyers] will be ready for inspection on Saturday 2pm,” Tumusiime told court.

Amama Mbabazi’s lead counsel Muhammad Mbabazi said, in interest of time, they are willing to accept soft copies of tally sheets per polling station.

Mbabazi, the petitioner seeks to compare the tally sheets on Electoral Commission website with the district tally sheets.

He said in his petition that some of his votes in about 54 districts were given to Museveni.

The former Prime Minister demands that court directs EC to institute a vote recount in the affected areas.

During the second pre-hearing of the petition, Katureebe reminded the Electoral Commission that it “was going against the law”.

“The law requires that after tallying of the votes, district returning officers immediately send the forms to Electoral commission headquarters followed by detailed reports within 7 days,” Katureebe pointed out.

He directed the electoral body to ask district returning officers to produce the DR forms immediately; both in electronic format or hard copy.

Katureebe who had earlier refused to give Mbabazi team more time curtsey of a break into their offices, said he would equally not give EC more time.

He adjourned court to Saturday when EC is expected to produce all the DR forms.

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