The high court has this evening nullified the election of NRM Nathan Igeme Nabeta as the Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency in Jinja district on account of ballot stuffing and conspiracy with the electoral commission to fault the electoral laws.
In a ruling delivered by high court registrar Jessy Byaruhanga on behalf of justice Lydia Mugambe FDC’s Paul Mwiru was accordingly declared as the elected Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency in Jinja district Lydia Mugambe.
Mwiru through his lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona challenged the election of Igeme citing alteration of results at Danida polling Station A-D in Waluba-Masese division where he got 228 votes against 214 of Igeme but the electoral commission announced 507 for his opponent instead of 214.
According to the results, 416 voters turned up for president and woman Member of Parliament who were elected the same day and time at that polling station but for direct Member of Parliament, 507 voted for Igeme alone and 746 voters turned up.
The judge faulted the presiding officer together with returning officer for tampering with the results from Danida polling station and also failing to conduct a recount for a contested polling station.
The judge questioned how some polling officials signed affidavits for Igeme yet they had participated in the exercise on behalf of the electoral commission saying that was conflict of interest and affected the results of the whole election exercise.
He accordingly declares FDC’s Paul Mwiru who obtained 7409 as the elected Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency, adding whoever is aggrieved is free to appeal.
Meanwhile, court has also nullified Bunya south MP Robert Ntende as Andrew Bazibu writes Jinja high court has this afternoon nullified the election of Robert Ntende as the Member of Parliament for Bunya South County in Mayuge district.
The high court judge Margret Mutonyi concurred with the former area member of parliament Iddi Isabirye that the election of Ntende was marred by malpractices which grossly affected the outcome.
Ntende an NRM inclined candidate stood against Isabirye who won the party ticket and was declared winner of the February 18th parliamentary election for Bunya south.
However, the incumbent MP, Iddi Isabirye of NRM, rejected Robert Ntende’s victory and filed a petition at Iganga Magistrate’s Court for a recount, which was granted.
But Ntende swiftly secured an interim court order at the Jinja-based High Court, stopping the magistrate from conducting the exercise, this prompted Isabirye to file his petition in the high court.
The judge also accused the polling officials of tampering with thedeclaration forms from some polling stations.
He accordingly declared the area vacant and ordered the electoral commission to comply by organizing a free and fair, credible bye election in Bunya south and also the first defendant to meet legal suits of the appellant.
Earlier, the same court had squashed the election petition for Bugweri County in Iganga district where NRM’s Eng Daniel Ibaale was challenging the election of incumbent FDC’s Abdu Katuntu. Ibale had alleged ballot stuffing by Katuntu but justice Mutonyi in her ruling said there was no evidence adduced to that effect. Katuntu beat Ibale by 6 votes