Through his lawyers from K&K Advocates and Byenkya, Kihika & Company Advocates, President-elect Yoweri Museveni Kaguta has responded to the election petition filed by National Unity Platform presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi.
Museveni’s legal team led by Usaama Sebuufu, Esau Isingoma, and Isaac Kafeero from K&K Advocates filed his response on Saturday at the Supreme Court.
In their response they claim that the election was conducted in a free and fair manner and so Kyagulanyi’s petition should be dismissed.
“The elections were conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act and in compliance with the principles laid down in those provisions and any non-compliance in the conduct of the election, which is denied, did not affect the results of the election in a substantial manner,” Museveni’s lawyers said.
Museveni also denied that there was any ballot stuffing or multiple voting in the presidential election.
“ The second respondent (Electoral Commission) ascertained, transmitted, tabulated, and declared the results of the presidential elections held on January 14, 2021, transparently and in accordance with the law,” Museveni lawyers stated.
Last week the Electoral Commission and Attorney General asked of the same from court to dismiss Bobi Wine’s petition claiming the few irregularities could not upset the final results.
The preliminary hearing of the petition is scheduled to start this week on Thursday with the framing of the issues to be argued during the petition.
Museveni was declared winner of the 2021 presidential race after gathering 6,042,898 votes representing 58.38%. His closest challenger Kyagulanyi got 3,631,437 votes representing 35.08%. However, Kyagulanyi petitioned court claiming that he has enough evidence that Museveni rigged the election hence wants court to overturn his re-election.