People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Dr Abed Bwanika, yesterday became the third presidential candidate to reject the election results released last Saturday by the Electoral Commission.
He also demanded that the commission avail him with declaration of results forms used during the February 18 polls. Dr Bwanika indicated that the forms would enable him and other Ugandans to verify the tallies with a view to ascertaining the actual winner. The PDP president polled 89,005 (0.86 per cent) of the valid votes cast.
Dr Bwanika added: “The outcome of the elections, as announced by Dr Badru Kiggundu (EC chairperson), left many Ugandans in shock as manifested by the silence that has engulfed the nation since.”
This is the first time Dr Bwanika, who has thrice contested for the presidency, is denouncing an election.
Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye and Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi have already contested the poll results, declaring them a sham and denouncing the election as fraudulent.
Dr Besigye has also demanded an international and independent audit of the results in light of suspicions that some of the declaration forms were altered in Mr Museveni’s favour.
According to the EC, Mr Museveni got 5,971,872 of the valid votes cast whereas Dr Besigye got 3, 508, 687 of the valid votes. Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, Ms Maureen Kyalya, Mr Elton Joseph Mabirizi have accepted the results and have separately said they are ready to serve Ugandans.