Court has dismissed an election petition filed against the Gomba District Woman Member of Parliament, Sylvia Nayebale.
Betty Sentamu, a candidate for the National Unity Platform – NUP challenged the election of Nayebale on grounds of voter bribery and intimidation.
Sentamu had sought court orders that she be declared MP and fresh elections are conducted.
She alleged that in some polling stations, there were voters who were registered twice on the register and that at least 40 people did not vote either by refusal to agree to be ticked for, shifting from one area to another and because some have died.
“That at Kyamukama Polling Station in Kasambya Parish, Kyayi Sub County, the tally Sheet reflects that 630 votes were counted out of the 467 votes which are not true as the voters on the National Register for Kyamukama Polling Station that did not vote are very many,” reads her complaint in part.
It was also alleged that at Kiruli Kangenyi Polling Station, Namuddu Joyce was put at gunpoint by Nayebale’s supporters and the youth chairperson for Gomba District, Kissakyamukama Yiga forced her to allow unauthorized voters to cast votes at the polling station.
In the ruling on Monday at Mpigi High Court, Justice Richard Wabwire dismissed Sentamu’s election petition due to failure to pay the mandatory requisite court fees.
Justice Wabwire ruled that Sentamu had only paid court fees of 100, 000 Shillings instead of the required 150,000 Shillings.
Wabwire also faulted Sentamu for failing to interpret for the witnesses in their affidavits.
He ruled that Sentamu failed to follow the legal procedures as provided for under the Election Petitions Act.
Wabwire’s ruling followed submissions in which Nayebale’s lawyers argued that Sentamu failed to pay the court fees of 150,000 Shillings for the petition at the time it was filed.
Last week, the parties failed to amicably resolve the dispute despite being advised by Justice Wabwire.
Nayebale says that she was not surprised by the ruling.
But Sentamu said that she will appeal the decision of the court because she has evidence that she paid the court fees.