Go Forward candidate, Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers have filed a petition in court challenging the outcomes of 2016 presidential elections.
Mbabazi’s lawyers filed the election petition minutes after 5:00pm against President Yoweri Museveni, the Electoral Commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, and Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.
Mbabazi got 1% of the total vote coming third after FDC’s Kizza Besigye [35%] and President Yoweri Museveni [60%].
The lawyers said they had been instructed by Amama and had met all the requirements including paying the required fees.
According to the Presidential Elections Act, court has 30 days to determine and declare the petition filed by any presidential candidate.
The petitioner is expected to pay a filing fee of Shs400,000 and deposit Shs1m as security of costs incurred incase the petition fails.
Once fulfilled, petition can be registered.
Tom Chemtuai, the registrar of Supreme Court received the petition.
“What you just witnessed is registration is petition challenging the recent presidential election,” he told press present at the premises.
“This is a big case and there are costs including staff to be paid overtime. This is the first petition we are receiving,” Chemutai explained.
“You are free to attend the proceedings. We shall place a screen and tent outside for those who may not be accommodated inside.”
He said the hearing of the petition is going to be marathon including the weekends.