By Leilah Bbaale
The first runner-up in the recently concluded presidential election Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has petitioned the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the victory of the president elect Yoweri Museveni.
The National Unity Platform -NUP president has filed his petition this afternoon against National Resistance Movement -NRM party candidate Museveni, the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General. He has filed through his lawyers from five law firms led by Lukwago and Company Advocates.
Kyagulanyi is challenging the results arising from the January 14th polls which were announced officially on January 16th 2021 by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama.
Kyagulanyi disputes the results, hence petitioning the Supreme Court today seeking a declaration that Museveni was not validly elected as the President of Uganda and that his election be annulled and set aside.
Kyagulanyi argues in his petition that the election was invalid on grounds that that it was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the laws governing elections such as the constitution, the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act.
As such, he argues that the non-compliance with the said laws affected the final outcome.
Museveni, Attorney General and the Electoral Commission who are listed as respondents are yet to be summoned to file their responses to the petition which has to be determined within 60 days. The panel is also yet to be constituted to hear the case.