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EC defends decision to announce Museveni as winner of January 14th Presidential election

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EC defends decision to announce Museveni as winner of January 14th Presidential election

The Independent Electoral Commission has defended the declaration of President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni as winner of the January 14th 2021 Presidential election.

While responding to an article in one of the dailies titled “EC excludes results from 1,200 polling stations”, the EC says the candidate who was declared winner had obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

The Commission also says it considered the fact that the difference in votes obtained by the leading candidate and the first runner up would not be overturned by votes from the remaining 1,223 polling stations.

“The declaration met the legal requirement of Section 57(4) of the Presidential Elections Act, which provides that a candidate shall be declared as President if he/ she has obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast at the election. The Electoral Commission in compliance with Section 57 of the Presidential Elections Act declared the presidential election results within 48 hours after closing of polls” the EC says.

Several people have been complaining about the polling stations that were left out and continue to demand that all votes are counted.

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