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The Uganda Elections Petition judgment

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THE DECISION OF THE COURT
Having made due inquiry into the petition and on the basis of our findings set out in the judgment:
1) We hereby declare that the 1st respondent was validly elected as President in accordance with Article 104 of the Constitution and section 59 of the Presidential Elections Act.
2) Accordingly, this petition is dismissed with no order as to costs.

Before we take leave of this matter, we would like to point out a number of areas of concern:
Some of the areas that seem to come up at every Presidential election include:
(i) An incumbent’s use of his position to the disadvantage of other candidates
(ii) Use of state resources
(iii) Unequal use of state owned media
(iv) Late enactment of relevant legislation etc

We must also note that in the past two Presidential Petitions, this Court made some important observations and recommendations with regard to the need for legal reform in the area of elections generally and Presidential elections in particular. Many of these calls have remained unanswered by the Executive and the Legislature.

We must also note that in the past two Presidential Petitions, this Court made some important observations and recommendations with regard to the need for legal reform in the area of elections generally and Presidential elections in particular. Many of these calls have remained unanswered by the Executive and the Legislature.

Supreme Court Ruling on Election Petition by The Independent Magazine

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