In Rakai, before he announced results of the February 18 presidential and parliamentary elections, Daniel Baguma, the district returning officer, said on Friday, he had received information from one of his presiding officers that armed men raided a polling station and stuffed pre-ticked ballots in the ballot box.

According to him, the polling station that came under attack was at Kibuuka in Lwamaggwa sub-county in the newly-created Buyamba constituency. Baguma said the armed men first fired bullets in the air to disperse onlookers.

When it was safe for them, they opened the ballot boxes and stuffed pre-ticked ballots in favour of NRM candidates. The Kibuuka incident was not an isolated one. More polling stations reported discrepancies in the number of ballots cast against the number of registered voters.

For instance, results from Kaleere polling station in Dwaniro sub-county, Rakai district showed that 605 people had voted yet the register has 205 voters. Results from Kyakatuuma polling station in Kakuuto sub-county returned a total tally of 349 votes against 294 registered voters while at Lusonji polling station in Lwamaggwa sub-county, the final tally was 714 votes yet the number of registered voters is 708.

Migo polling station in Lwamaggwa sub-county had a total tally of 400 votes compared to 389 voters registered there. The anomalies came to the fore after Robina Ssentongo, a candidate for the Rakai Woman MP seat, complained to the returning officer.

In Sembabule district two bundles of ticked ballot papers were handed over to police as exhibits for a possible case of electoral malpractice.

One bundle had 64 ballots ticked in favour of Anifa Kawooya, the incumbent Woman MP, while another had 181 ballots ticked in favour of President Museveni.

The bundles were from Nsambya-Kidandali polling station in Lugusuulu sub-county where an NRM functionary arrived with a man dressed in a jacket. Witnesses said the pre-ticked ballots were hidden in the jacket.

A journalist who was at the polling station told The Observer that the NRM functionary took advantage of the fewer number of people at the polling station to execute his mission.

“There were a few people on the sidelines while others stood in groups at a nearby trading centre and when they attempted to protest, armed men came and beat up everyone around,” the journalist said.

Harunah Kayondo, an agent for the FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, claimed the armed men also confiscated mobile phones of his party’s Power 10 group that was deployed to monitor the electoral process.

At the district tally centre in Sembabule, there were dramatic scenes as Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo led protests against the inclusion of results from six polling stations where there was no voting.

The polling stations included Kirama, Ntusi Primary School, Kazooba A, Lwemibu, Mageege and Kinoni. If results from those polling stations had been included in the final tally,  Ssekikubo could have lost his seat.

The returning officer, Latif Ngonzi, suspended the tallying for some time to consult as police took charge of the tally centre. Ngonzi later announced that the results from the controversial polling stations would not be considered.

sadabkk@observer. ug

Comments

+19 #21 Kabinda 2016-02-22 14:48
Its now official.

This so called revolutionary now leads the National Rigging Movement.

This has to become a a case study of how not to hold elections.

We are paying the price of term limit removal,abuse of executive authority and the absence of mechanisms for transfer of power.

Who has executive powers during the elections is a question Uganda has to answer going forward besides this term limits thing.

You cannot have an incumbent with interest in winning an election he is participating in be the appointing authority of the electoral commission and also retain full constitutional powers of the executive during elections where he naturally becomes a partial arbitrator.

This man went to the bush and caused millions to die for his personal greed.It had nothing to do with all the revolutionary crap you hear..nothing.I join those who say,he is not my president and will never be..
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+7 #22 Betty Long Cap 2016-02-22 15:00
Quoting Nakasero:
Uganda has displayed mature democracy. Besides, we are all only human beings!!!


What a poor defense! "I was only human."

Electoral fraud or vote rigging is illegal interference with the process of an election.

Acts of fraud affect vote counts to bring about an election result, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both. Wikipedia.com

Without judgment, there is no justice. Jul 17, 2013 ... Melowese Richardson was sentenced to five years in prison on four counts of voter fraud on Wednesday. She worked as a poll worker for 14 ... http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/poll-worker-gets-5year-sentence-for-illegal-voting/21014378
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+12 #23 charli 2016-02-22 15:04
why so called museveni weasted public fund for organising fraudalant election ,the sugar coated democracy of uganda ,i am disappointed of being a ugandan beacause of museveni ,i disregard even yellow colours ,mtn take car of your NRM colours
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+8 #24 Raouline 2016-02-22 15:23
Its obvious that the current government intends to rule forever thats why they go to these desperate means to win

They should not waste our time by claiming Uganda is a democratic country. U
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+14 #25 Marcello 2016-02-22 17:17
Thanks Observer for this story. No newspaper has had the balls to expose the true ugly face of rigging in favour of NRM like you have done. Bravo.
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+8 #26 Geoffrey Obiny 2016-02-22 17:17
The 'sweet' fruits of Luwero Triangle.

Give M7 another 20, maybe 40 years...why are you in a hurry, trying to jump the queue?
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+5 #27 Phalanch 2016-02-22 18:50
For now with dictator is place ,Uganda is headed for inevitable total economic collapse and it's upon us to avert that from happening.

his violation of the natural order of things, using the state machinery as the vehicle to achieve his vision .

Revenue collections and all government stationary will be skimmed , diverted and civil servants manipulating the state's regulatory powers to supplement their salaries eventually food and other commodities prices is to skyrocket more than ever before.
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+4 #28 Betty Long Cap 2016-02-22 19:04
Quoting Kabinda:
This man went to the bush and caused millions to die for his personal greed.It had nothing to do with all the revolutionary crap you hear..nothing.I join those who say,he is not my president and will never be..


Kabinda, time to grab the bull by the horns and castrate the beast.
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+4 #29 Habib 2016-02-22 19:07
This is ug i have never saw in my entire life.Haaahahaha
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-6 #30 Dida 2016-02-22 19:26
Quoting tinka:
If there was massive ballot stuffing it can be detected and proven in court.

we voted three times that day and the total votes for the presidential candidates should be the same as those of the total women district mp and all the mps candidates of the district.

we have kiggudu result per district. lets compare any where there is an increase we know there is proof


I did not vote for woman MPbecause non impressed me with their records.I voted for President.

What does that do to your argument??
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+5 #31 Buryahika 2016-02-22 20:08
A very good indictment for a revolutionary who went to the bush to end vote rigging only to surpass every rigging ever known in Uganda and beyond. "Congrats to nrm hero".

You are Uganda's truly National Rigging Movement! Make no mistake about it, Exactly what you've sown, you'll reap!!

I want to thank KB. He is man and half. If God gives you grace for only ten more years, no dictator will repeat the foolery we've suffered just because we have you, KB. God Bless u.
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0 #32 G Nana 2016-02-23 06:55
Quoting Dida:
Quoting tinka:
If there was massive ballot stuffing it can be detected and proven in court.

we voted three times that day and the total votes for the presidential candidates should be the same as those of the total women district mp and all the mps candidates of the district.

we have kiggudu result per district. lets compare any where there is an increase we know there is proof


I did not vote for woman MPbecause non impressed me with their records.I voted for President.

What does that do to your argument??


Dida; Tinka is absolutely right. In each district where voting for woman MP and president took place; the total number of votes cast for woman MP will normally have been almost equal to the total number of votes cast for president.

Please note that they do not have to be exactly the equal. The argument, which I believe will be quite contentious in a court of law, should be on how discrepant the total votes for president and woman MP are for them to be considered rigging.

However when considered together with other evidence Tinka's suggestion should not be taken lightly.
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+2 #33 Sadokus Sadat 2016-02-23 09:28
If the 1980 elections were stolen, the 2016 elections were robbed selections. God have mercy on Uganda.
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+5 #34 nicholas 2016-02-23 11:44
I found this very interesting, what is your take.

EC needs to explain this.

The Mathematics doesn't add up. Here is why the presidential announcement should be recalled and a re-run or recount ordered.

First I need to state that I love numbers as a former Auditor of Ernst and Young and an international Banker with a global bank but also a certified fraud examiner and financial crime certified.

I spent time looking at the numbers released by EC and unlike previous posts and all the hate posts, I have assumed that there was no cheating and that electoral commission was independent and results were accurate and just concentrated on the numbers so my readers can read without bias and I came to the conclusion that EC errorred not only in the percentages quoted but also in announcing M7 as the winner of the elections and why a recount or Re-run is needed.

First the law requires that a candidate should get 50% and above of the votes to be declared a winner or else there will be a re-run. Now on the numbers declared by EC.

Bw- 86,075- 0.93%
JPAM- 132,574-1.43%
Barya - 51,086- 0.55%
Biraro - 24675 -0.26%
KB. - 3,270,290-35.37%
Mabirizi- 23,762. -0.26%
Kyalya - 40,598. -0.44%
YKM - 5,617,503- 60.75%

Total of valid votes - 9,246,563

invalid votes- 455,175- 4.69%
Spoilt votes - 25,538

Total votes - 9,727,276

When you add up the %ages quoted above including invalid votes, the total is 104.69% instead of 100% as expected because when determining percentages for candidates, EC didn't include invalid votes and spoilt votes which it should as per the law since they form part of the votes cast. ( Lawyers can confirm).

If invalid votes are added when determine percentages of candidates as per released results, president M7 would have scored 57.75% which still is ok for him to be declared president but then don't forget that Electoral commission announced M7 pre-maturely by including only 93.62% of the polling stations. Leaving 6.62% of the polling stations unaccounted for or not included.

After analyzing the EC released results you will notice that the polling stations not included came from JInja, Kampala, Wakiso etc. now it's not a coincidence that those are some of the most populated voting areas and I won't assume they are for FDC or NRM.

The 6.62% of non included polling stations actually account for over 12% of the registered voters and therefore by not including them in the counting EC knowingly or unknowingly might have prematurely announced M7 winner bse there remained a possibility of M7 getting less than 40% of the votes not counted in which case opposition would get the remaining 60% as it happened in Kampala in which case M7 would fail to get 50%.

It's therefore possible that a re-run would occur. Please not all those figures were based on actuals released by electoral commission but it would be real worse if rigging is factored like some areas where M7 got more votes than actual polling station numbers or where pre-ticket ballots were discovered.

I would therefore request journalists and those concerned to look through the numbers first before we even factor in rigging which was obvious.

I hope somebody interested in facts analyses the numbers and I hope the opposition challenges the election based on facts so that the element of substance and substantial is established to give us ground for a repeat of the election. I would also welcome any criticism on the law.

EC needs to explain.

"SO Mr Happy President get the boys and girls at it to enlight us. You never knew this could happen.
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+2 #35 G Nana 2016-02-23 15:50
Overall, when all these pieces of evidence are considered in a mosaic, there is a strong ground to challenge the results in the supreme court.

I suggest we take this route - I am well aware that M7 has made sure all the judges on the panel are NRM leaning but we are sure to secure the usual pronouncement that "there were irregularities but......"

We need this pronouncement to plan or justify our next course of action which may include but not limited to advocating for lowering the burden of proof as is the case for MPs.
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