By Simon Abaho
The High Court in Mubende has nullified Joyce Bagala’s election as the Mityana Woman Member of Parliament, following a petition by Judith Nabakooba.
NRM’s Nabakooba who happens to be the Minister of Lands ran to court challenging the election of her political rival Joyce Bagala.
She alleged that she was not validly elected to represent Mityana District in Parliament, on grounds that the Electoral Commission failed to secure conditions necessary for the conduct of the election.
The petitioner states that the election was invalid on grounds that it was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 and Electoral Commission Act Cap 140, and that the non-compliance affected the results in a substantial manner.
The Petitioner further contends that offences and illegal practices under the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 were committed by Bagala Joyce Ntwatwa personally or with her knowledge and consent or approval.
The Petitioner filed a total number of 91 affidavits in support of her Petition
Journalist-turned politician Bagala won the January 14 polls with a margin of 16,000 votes to defeat Nabakooba.
Nabakooba, alleged Bagala threatened her registered voters and her agents.
She added that EC presiding officers connived with Bagala and her agents to procure voting by unregistered persons, facilitate impersonation of voters and multiple voting.
Nabakooba alleged that at the time of vote counting, her valid votes were counted among the invalid votes.
The Former Minister of ICT Judith Nabakoba lost to the National Unity Platform Candidate Joyce Bagala in the January Elections, where she polled 64,633 votes, while Nabakoba polled 48,322 votes.
Electoral Commission filed an answer to the Petition denying each and every allegation of fact contained in the Petition and contended that the election of the Woman Member of Parliament Mityana district was conducted in accordance with the Constitution 1995, the Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission filed a total number of 21 affidavits in reply supporting the answer to the Petition
The Electoral Commission declared the Bagala Joyce Ntwatwa as the validly elected Woman Member of Parliament for the Mityana district.
Mr. Okello Oryem Alfred together with Mr. 45 Omoloi Ivan, from M/S Okello-Oryem & Co. Advocates, were the lawyers representing Judith Nabakoba.
The Court has ordered for a fresh election.