Seth Wambede Retains Mbale North Seat In Parliament

Lady Justice Kavuma ruled that the petitioner did not satisfy court with enough evidence to support his allegation that there was preticking of ballots.
12 Oct 2021 23:38
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High Court Judge Justice Joyce Kavuma has upheld Seth Kizanji Masa Wambede's  victory as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Northern Division City Constituency in Mbale City.    

Seth Wambende was dragged to court by Ivan Masaba accusing him and the Electoral Commission of electoral be malpractice s contrary to the Parliamentary Election's law.Ivan Masaaba, one of the candidates in the January Parliamentary election 9415 votes while Wambede got 9854 votes.  Masaaba challenged Wambende’s election saying that  the electoral commission failed to conduct the elections as per the law,.

He was of the view that the alleged failures substantially affected the outcome of the  election.

He had held that there was falsification of results especially at Makosi polling station.Masaba asked court  to set aside Wambende’s victory and declare him the dully elected MP for Northern City Division.      

But Justice Kavuma  in  a judgment delivered on Tuesday by the Mbale High Deputy Registrar James Eremeeya Mawanda said the petitioner did not satisfy court with enough evidence to  his allegations. 

She said that Masaba’s petition failed because he did not adduce any of a single voter with an affidavit that he,/she received a pre-ticked ballot paper from the respondents or their agents.

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Ivan Masaba’s lawyer, Geoffrey Turyamussime told journalists that he was not satisfied with the judgement. He said they  will proceed to the court of appeal.     //cue in: “We are not satisfied…  //cue in: …proceed in court”//

Wambedde Masa Seth Kizangi said he was pleased with the decision of the court that just confirmed that indeed he was the elected Member of Parliament for Northern city division. He also appreciated the voters for entrusting him with the mandate to represent them in parliament. 

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