Court Adjourns Katikamu South Election Petition

The Katikamu South MP Hassan Kirumira together with the Electoral Commission lawyer Abubaker Kayondo at High Court.

By URN

The High Court in Kampala has adjourned the case in which the loser of Katikamu South Parliamentary elections is challenging the victory of her rival Hassan Kirumira.

Court presided over by Lady Justice Margaret Apiny adjourned the matter to August 24 after lawyers representing the petitioner Patricia Magara and those of Kirumira led by Wandera Ogalo informed her that there was a similar matter pending before another Judge.  

Court heard that there was another matter before Justice Henrietta Wolayo filed by Alex Nathan Ssenabulya who trailed the race of eight contestants and to avoid making conflicting decisions.

It indicated that there was a need to have the matters consolidated, heard and determined at once by one Judge.

The parties will on Monday meet the Principal Judge to discuss who should remain with the two files before the Judges can resume the cases.

Magara who stood on the National Resistance Movement ticket petitioned the High Court challenging the decision by the Electoral Commission to declare Hassan Kirumira of National Unity Platform as the winner of the January 14th elections having polled 21,197 votes against hers 8,132 votes.  

Other candidates were Alfred Muwanga who obtained 9,798 votes, Abubaker Kalume who got 6,528 votes, Edward Ssembatya Ndawula got 1,659 votes, George Ssemakula 554 votes and Ssenabulya 297 votes.

Through her lawyers of Turinawe, Kamba and Company Advocates, Magara said that the elections were marred by several irregularities. 

According to Magara, the agents of Kirumira intimidated her polling agents and that the Electoral Commission made glaring errors and false entries into the Declaration Forms which had a significant impact on the final results.

“That a one Ssenabulya Alex Nathan was not nominated a candidate in the Katikamu South Parliamentary Election but was smuggled onto the ballot paper and voters cast votes in his favour contrary to section 11 of the Parliamentary Elections Act”, reads the petition by Magara in part.

However, in Ssenabulya’s petition before Justice Wolayo, he also alleges that the elections were not free and fair because the Electoral Commission did not include his name on the final Declaration form of results.

The petitioners want the High Court to overturn Kirumira’s victory and fresh elections conducted in Katikamu South Constituency.

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