We're ready to hear poll disputes, Ugandan judiciary says

2016-02-24 13:25


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Kampala –The Ugandan judiciary says it is ready to hear any elections disputes amid rumours of election fraud in the just ended vote.

Speaking to Daily Monitor, Chief Registrar Courts of Judicature, Paul Gadenya said the Supreme Court will allocate five to seven judges out of nine for any presidential petition that may arise.

The panel of judges will be appointed by Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, who is also the head of the Supreme Court.

Gadenya's remarks came after the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Kizza Besigye, who won 35% of the vote in last week's elections adamantly stated that he intended to petition the Supreme Court.

The incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was re-elected with 60.7% of the vote.

Besigye has the support of the Law of Uganda under Article 104 of the Constitution that states that a presidential election can be petitioned within 10 days of the announcement.

The Supreme court then has 30 days in which to respond.  

"We are ready for any election petition. We have no choice since the law demands that we do so," Katureebe was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Museveni on Sunday rubbished all accusations against him over his victory, saying: "opposition are not leaders, they are just demagogues, liars, just talking, talking."

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