The High Court in Fort Portal has nullified the election of Lawrence Akugizibwe as the Member of Parliament for Mwenge North constituency in Kyenjojo district.
The ruling is based on a petition filed by his main challenger David Muhumuza, an independent candidate in the February elections, demanding the nullification on grounds of intimidation and ballot stuffing.
Akugizibwe, the National Resistance Movement – NRM party candidate won the vote with 19,144 votes against Muhumuza’s 18,426 votes.
Justice Henrietta Walayo ruled this afternoon that court was satisfied with the evidence that was produced by Muhumuza proving that the Electoral Commission failed to comply with electoral laws and that the voting was characterized by ballot staffing and use of underage voters, in favour of Akugizibwe.
In her ruling on Friday afternoon, Justice Henrietta Walayo said that the court was satisfied with the evidence that was produced by Muhumuza.
In her judgment she accused the Electoral Commission for not compiling with the electoral laws.
Arua MP survives
The High Court in Arua on the same day dismissed the election petition against Arua Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Ibrahim Abiriga.
The petition, filed by Bruce Musema Mudathir, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, sought to annul Abiriga’s election on grounds that the declaration forms used by the Electoral Commission to declare him winner of the February 18 parliamentary election were wrong.
Musema explains that the forms bore neither bar-codes nor serial numbers and were different from those used in previous elections.
In their submission, Musema’s lawyers asked court to investigate how the results on the declaration forms could have been transmitted to the national tally centre when it had no serial numbers or codes.
Justice John Eudes Keitirima ruled that the petitioner failed to prove that the use of the declaration forms affected the final outcome of the election.