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Pre-hearing conference for Kyagulanyi’s petition

The Supreme Court is set to start the preliminary hearing of National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi’s election petition challenging the victory of President Yoweri Museveni.

In Thursday’s pre-hearing conference, the parties in the matter will meet the presiding justices of the court to agree on the issues for adjudication to ease the flow of the actual trial.

The matter is to be presided over by nine justices of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.

Others are Stella Arach Amoko, Mike Chibita, Paul Mugamba, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Night Tuhaise, Rubby Opio Aweri, Faith Mwondha and Dr Esther Kisaakye, the most senior on the panel.

In his petition filed on February 1, Kyagulanyi wants the January 14 presidential election results annulled, arguing that the elections were not held in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

He has raised 25 grounds to support his case, including claiming that the Election Commission failed to take all necessary steps to ensure that all citizens qualified to vote as envisaged by the national identification database, register in order to exercise their right to vote their candidates.

“EC failed to properly compile, maintain and update an accurate and clean voters’ register and to ensure active participation of all Ugandan adults in the impugned elections so as to comply with the principle of universal adult suffrage as enshrined in the Constitution,” Kyagulanyi contends.

The NUP leader also accuses EC of failing to ensure that there is adequate voter education as required by the law.

He contends that the electoral body arbitrarily, irrationally and illegally decreed a national election road map, mode of campaigning and other guidelines without the participation of the stakeholders, contrary to the provisions of the Constitution and Presidential Elections Act.

Today, Kyagulanyi is also expected to file more affidavits in support of his case.

An affidavit is a sworn statement from an individual affirming that what is stated is truthful. In election petition petitions, most of the evidence is through affidavits.

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