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Court summons EC boss Badru Kiggundu

Badru Kiggundu

Badru Kiggundu

Court has summoned the Electoral Commission chairperson Badru Kiggundu to appear and give his testimony in a case Ex- Arua Municipality parliamentary contestant Bruce Musema petitioned court challenging the declaration of Ibrahim Abiriga as MP in the February 18 elections.

Kiggundu will be tasked to explain whether the Declaration of Results forms on which the EC declared Mr Abiriga the winner were in accordance with electoral law.

Justice John Keitirima summoned Kiggubndu to appear on June 7 when the case will be coming up for hearing.

The judge rejected explanations Kiggundu was too busy to appear in court.

Prior to the elections, the Electoral Commission disqualified Abiriga from running as a candidate for Arua Municipality parliamentary seat on the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket due to lack of requisite academic qualifications.

According to the EC, Mr Abiriga did not have the equivalent of Advanced Level Certificate and both Uganda Christian University and Uganda Management Institute, which “awarded” him the certificates, said they had never enrolled a person in those names for a course.

He was however, saved when President Yoweri Museveni intervened and ordered EC to reinstate him on the ballot paper.

Abiriga was consequently declared winner of the parliamentary seat in elections, sparking off the court battle.


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