Paul Bukenya, the Acting EC Spokersperson
The Electoral Commission Thursday, January 28, 2021 published final results of Presidential Elections held on Thursday 14th January 2021.
After publsihng the results, a number of Ugandans took to social media to wrongly attacking EC, saying that the total percentage of scores by Presidential canidates exceeded 100%.
The final summary of Presidential Election Results is as follows:
|Total No. of Polling Stations:||34,684|
|Total No. of Polling Stations Received:||34,601 (99.76% of total polling stations)|
|Amuriat Oboi Patrick||337,589||3.26%||of valid votes cast for candidates|
|Kabuleeta Kiiza Joseph||45,424||0.44%||“|
|Kalembe Nancy Linda||38,772||0.37%||“|
|Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu||3,631,437||35.08%||“|
|Mugisha Muntu Gregg||67,574||0.65%||“|
|Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu||51,392||0.50%||“|
|Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta||6,042,898||58.38%||“|
|Invalid Votes||393,500||3.66%||of Total Votes Cast|
|Total Votes||10,744,319||59.35%||of Registered Voters|
However, EC Acting Spokesperson Paul Bukenya says it is misleading to include the percentage of invalid votes into the total percentage of the presidential candidates’ scores.
Bukenya says Section 57(4) of the Presidential Elections Act provides for consideration of percentage of valid votes cast at the election.
“It is wrong to include invalid votes in computation of scores by candidates, as they are not allocated to any candidate. It will give you a misleading percentage,” Bukenya says, urging Ugandans to refer to statistics provided at www.ec.or.ug to aid their analysis.
He explained that Section 57(4) of the Presidential Elections Act talks about number of votes cast in favour of a candidate (this excludes invalids).
“We include invalids under total votes cast, to account for them.
Please see the note in the column on the results sheet which specifically states…% of valid votes cast for candidates, does not say total votes cast for candidates,” he explained.