In what seemed like a dubious act, the Electoral Commission refrained from posting the 2021 Election Results immediately after the Jan 14th 2021 Presidential Elections.
Good news, the results are now up! They were posted on the EC website on Jan 28th, 2021, which is absolutely two weeks after the election.
In 2016, it took them only two days but this time, it took them almost 2 weeks.
Many people came out to accuse them of having something to hide although they insisted that they would eventually post the results this week.
According to EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya, some people had to “sign off” the documents before they were released to the public.
This came after EC posted and deleted a URL for the “2021 Presidential Elections Results”. In their defense, the links were deleted because it was just a “test” to prepare for uploads -which is kinda funny because the whole thing is not even more than 500MB if you asked me.
However, to give them the benefit of the doubt, they had to create over 146 district links of the results and attaching them respectively. This would need careful computer knowledge with no place for errors to make sure everything is right.
In other news, earlier Kyagulanyi alleged that the EC had confiscated over 4,000 of his DR forms. News coming to our desk reveals that Kyagulanyi’s UVote app flopped (Kyagulanyi had commanded all voters to photograph the DR forms, a dangerous thing which would undermine the integrity of the EC. For this, government shutdown the internet for 5 days and although restored, social media is still blocked.
Other people insinuated that the reason for EC’s delay to post the results was because they didn’t wanna be sued by Kyagulanyi and the likes (They have to file a court case within 15 days after the declaration – Saturday – Jan 30th is the last day)
Others claimed that the political atmosphere was still tight… Now the atmosphere is not “hot” like as it was days after the declaration.
Now that the results are up, folks can go and download the PDFs, especially the district tally to find out if the vote was indeed “rigged”. I for one, have already checked out Kampala District – the document is 12MBs and I cross checked with my polling station with the result that was counted on that day — and lo and behold! It was still the same result. We need to give them the benefit the doubt however, some polling stations (1000) were not counted.
The EC says that even if they counted it all, the incumbent President Museveni would’ve still won because of the 2M +votes range he gave Kyagulanyi.
According to the constitution, the results must be announced within 48 hours after the vote count… Places like Mukono District were marred by delays and “gun point situations” which delayed the whole thing. This confirms Nambooze’s claim that Byabakama announced the winner while the Mukono Tally Center was still was still sending in results!
Some people would argue that M7 cheated in the villages but one thing is clear, there are phones in villages too and our villagers recorded and wrote down the numbers. I urge Ugandans to go crosscheck their results comparing them with EC’s. This would help solve burry the hatchet that they were chated.
Download 2021 Presidential results here: https://www.ec.or.ug/2021-general-elections
Byabakama Explains all this and finally with all the 1,233 uncounted ballots inclusive:
Publishing of the Final Results for Presidential Elections 2021
The Electoral Commission conducted Presidential Elections on Thursday 14th January 2021. By law, the results for Presidential Elections must be declared within 48 hours from the closure of polls. The polls closed at 4:00pm on Thursday 14th January and the forty-eight hours expired at 4:00pm on Saturday 16th January 2021.
The provisional results of the Presidential Elections were announced cumulatively in the order in which they were being received, leading to a declaration by the Electoral Commission, based on the total number of thirty-three thousand four hundred and sixty-one (33,461) polling stations, which had been duly received and verified before the expiry of the 48 hours.
These stations account for 96.47% of the total number of polling stations (34,684) across the country.
The declaration met the legal requirements 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 fifty percent (50%) of the valid votes cast at the election.
The candidate who was declared as winner obtained more than 50% of the total votes cast at the election.
The Commission considered the fact that the difference in votes obtained by the leading candidate and first runner up would not have a significant effect on the final results even if all the voters from the remaining one thousand two hundred and twenty-three (1,223) polling stations, totaling to six hundred ninety-four thousand two hundred and twenty-nine (694,229) voters were added to the first runner up.
The Electoral Commission has since received and tallied the results of the remaining polling stations.
Accordingly, the final summary of Presidential Elections Results is as follows:
Registered Voters: 18,103,603
Total No. of Polling Stations: 34,684
Total No. of Polling Stations Received: 34,601 (99.76% of total polling stations)
Candidates’ Names Votes %
Amuriat Oboi Patrick 337,589 3.26%
of valid votes cast for candidates
Kabuleeta Kiiza Joseph
Kalembe Nancy Linda
Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu
Mugisha Muntu Gregg
Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu
Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta
of Total Votes Cast
of Registered Voters
The Commission wishes to inform Ugandans that the results of eighty-three (83) polling stations, with a total number of fifty-four thousand three hundred and fifty-seven (54,357) registered voters, were not included in the final tally due to various reasons that include:
Allegations of ballot stuffing, that gave rise to violence and destruction of the voting materials at the polling station;
Grabbing of polling materials during the polling process;
Grabbing of polling materials during the counting process, including envelopes containing elections results forms;
Declaration of Results (DR) Forms missing in the results envelopes and the metallic black box;
Total votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters for the polling stations;
Acts of hooliganism and violence during the counting, leading to grabbing of polling materials by unknown persons;
A copy of the summary of the Presidential Elections Results, the City/District summary tally sheet, and a soft copy of the tally sheet of results per Polling Station, has been provided to all Presidential Candidates.
The above copies have also been uploaded on the Electoral Commission website: www.ec.or.ug, and will be published in the Uganda Gazette.
The Electoral Commission has further finalized ascertaining and compiling the results of Parliamentary Elections and will publish the results in the Gazette in accordance with the Law.
The Electoral Commission wishes to congratulate the people of Uganda on exercising their constitutional rights and participating in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections held on 14th January 2021, and the Local Government Councils elections held to date.
Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon
Chairperson, Electoral Commission
PDF icon Press Publishing of Final Results of Presidential Elections 2021.pdf
Download 2021 Presidential Results: https://www.ec.or.ug/news/publishing-final-results-presidential-elections-2021