US ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac has urged the government of President Yoweri Museveni to enact new reforms to ensure that instances of election fraud do not re-occur.
In a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Kampala on Thursday regarding the ruling of Uganda’s Supreme Court on the February 18 elections, Malac asked Ugandans to respect the outcomes.
“The U.S. Embassy notes today’s Supreme Court ruling affirming the results of Uganda’s February 18 presidential vote that saw President Yoweri Museveni re-elected to his fifth term.”
Court dismissed the petition on grounds that Amama Mbabazi the former prime minister had failed to provide enough evidence that would call for the cancellation of the election results.
She added: “We encourage all Ugandans to respect the Court’s decision, and express their views in a peaceful manner.”
Malac noted that the Court acknowledged some instances of non-compliance by Election Commission officials and interference by security authorities.
“We look forward to reading the Court’s full decision when it is released.”
She hoped that the government would now address the grievances voiced by its own people in the wake of these elections and take the necessary steps to enact reforms that will guarantee political inclusivity, transparency, accountability and free and fair elections.
“Uganda’s future prosperity and democratic progress will depend on such actions.”