EC Roars: We Are The Only Institution Mandated To Ascertain, Publish And Declare Uganda Elections Results.
The Electoral Commission of Uganda has come out to demystify a story recently published on 22 October 2022 by theinspector.co.ug a local news website, under the headline: Relief as Ugandans can now access Presidential Elections Results Online.
In the article, the author states that an NGO Sensitize Uganda’ has finally made available to the general public, all the detailed results of Presidential Elections held in Uganda since 1996, via their online web portal.
In a statement released on 22nd October, 2022, the Uganda Electoral Commission reveals that the detailed results of elections become available to the public right from the polling stations after the counting, at the District/City Tally Centres during the tallying, announcing and declaration, and in the case of Presidential Elections, during the tallying and final declaration at the National Tally Center, detailed results are availed to candidates, observers and the media, and then uploaded on the website for access by the public.
“The detailed results of Presidential Elections held in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2021, as declared, have always been available for access by the general public and interested individuals, researchers and institutions on the EC website.
Further to the above, the Commission has, for each of the above elections, produced and submitted to Parliament through the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, a comprehensive report on the elections. This submission is done within a period of six months after the declaration of the results, in accordance with Section 12 (1)(0) of the Electoral Commission Act, Cap 140.”
Leonard Mulekwah the Secretary to the Commission notes that the said organization has indeed analyzed and visually presented the data, using the detailed results obtained from the EC website. It is, therefore, contradictory and misleading to state that the detailed results have all along, been unavailable to the general public.
The Commission further guides the general public, interested individuals and researchers to ensure that they acknowledge their source(s) and guide their readers to the relevant official Electoral Commission reports and website for any further details, he added.
Mulekwah has also urged the public to always contact the Electoral Commission public relations office for any information relating to elections results, as the Electoral Commission is the only institution mandated by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda to ascertain, publish and declare in writing under its seal the results of the elections in Uganda.