EC Declares Museveni Winner of Presidential Polls Top story

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According to the final tally issued by EC chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu, Museveni garnered 5,617, 503 votes representing 60.75 percent, while Dr Kizza Besigye, the FDC presidential candidate scored 3,270,290 votes representing 35.37 percent. Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi polled 132, 574 votes representing 1.43 percent, while Abed Bwanika, the Peoples Development Party president, got 86, 075 representing 0.93 percent.

President Yoweri Museveni has secured another five-year term in office, after emerging winner of the 2016 presidential elections. 

Engineer Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairperson, declared Museveni winner on Saturday at the National tally centre at Namboole Stadium a few minutes to 4:00pm.

According to the final tally issued by Kiggundu, Museveni garnered 5,617, 503 votes representing 60.75 percent. Dr Kizza Besigye, the FDC presidential candidate scored 3,270,290 votes representing 35.37 percent. former prime minister Amama Mbabazi, who stood as an Independent after falling out with President Museveni, polled 132, 574 votes representing 1.43 percent. 

Abed Bwanika, the president of the People Development Party got 86,075 representing 0.93 percent. Bwanika was making his third attempt at the presidency.

Professor Venansius Baryamureeba who polled 51,086 representing 0.55 percent, while Maureen Walube Kyalya, the only female candidate in the race, got 40,598 or 0.44 percent.

Major-General Benon Biraro polled 24,675 representing 0.27 percent and Elton Joseph Mabirizi garnered 23,762 votes which gives him 0.26 percent of the votes. According to the Commission the total number of votes cast was 9.246,563 out of the 15,277,198 registered voters.

Kiggundu explained that they hadn't received results from 1787 polling stations.
 
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Section 57 of presidential elections Act 2005 mandates the Commission to receive and declare presidential results. It states,  "The Commission shall ascertain, publish and declare in writing under its seal the results of the presidential election within forty-eight hours from the close of polling.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.