FDC fails to file election petition


The opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has failed to file a petition challenging the 2016 general elections.

FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, got 35% of the total vote losing to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni who got 60%.

Besigye contested the results and vowed to challenge the outcomes in court.

However, ever since, he has been arrested and detained in various police stations as well as his home in Kasangati.

“We have failed to file an electoral petition today,” the party said in a statement.

Earlier, party president Mugisha Muntu led a team of FDC officials to Kasangati to consult with Besigye.

They required his signature so as to proceed with the petition.

They were as usual blocked by police for sometime and by the time they were allowed to meet him, it was too late to rush back to Kampala and meet the 5pm deadline set by Supreme Court.

“We shall announce our next best steps on Wednesday 2nd March, 2016 at 11:00 EAT,” Muntu said.

According to FDC, one electoral petition from any candidate is sufficient to challenge the 2016 election.

Mbabazi has successfully done that already; he filed his petition challenging the election outcomes Tuesday evening.

“However, one electoral petition for any Presidential candidate is sufficient to challenge the 2016 election and Mr. Amama Mbabazi MP has successfully petitioned the Supreme Court today,” Muntu pointed out.

“We are dealing with very unique and challenging times. This is very unfortunate for our country and our supporters,” he added.

The party says over 300 of its agents and supporters have so far been arrested during the election period.

This afternoon, FDC secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, was arrested outside Besigye’s home and detained at Kasangati police station.

Also arrested was NBS TV journalist, Bahati Remmy.

They were later released.

Meanwhile, a delegation of ‘Women situation room’ led by Reverend Diana, Maggie Kigozi also visited Besigye.


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