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Eleven Election Petitions Recorded in Masaka

Masaka High Court Registrar Baker Rwatooro says that five of the petitions are based on acts of voter bribery, intimidation and violence that marred the polls, while five others are questioning the validity of academic papers submitted by candidates prior to nomination.
Voter bribery, intimidation, violence and lack of academic qualifications form the basis for appeals filed before Masaka high Court as the deadline for filing election related petitions elapsed last evening.

Up to 10 petitions were filed from the districts of Rakai, Lwengo, Sembabule, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Masaka contesting the outcome of the February 18 parliamentary elections. One appeal was filed by a candidate in district polls.

Masaka High Court Registrar Baker Rwatooro says that five of the petitions are based on acts of voter bribery, intimidation and violence that marred the polls, while five others are questioning the validity of academic papers submitted by candidates prior to nomination.

One other petition is questioning the candidates age.

The petitioners include; Robinah Ssentongo who is challenging the election of Juliet Ssuubi Kinyamatama as the Rakai woman MP, David Mpuuga challenging Ninsiima Boaz Kasirabo, the elected Member of Parliament for Kooki County and Ivan Bwowe who is contesting the academic qualifications of Amos Mandera, the elected member of parliament for the newly created Buyamba County.

Also in Rakai, district Francis Drake Lubega is challenging the academic qualifications of Christopher Kalemba who won the Kakuuto County parliamentary seat.

From Lwengo district, Martin Kizito Sserwanga, a resident in Mbiriizi town council filed an application questioning the academic qualifications of Cissy Namujju, who was elected as the district woman MP while Sadick Mutebi is challenging the victory of Abdul Kitatta, in Bukoto West. He is accusing him of voter bribery and election malpractice.

In Kalungu district, Aisha Waliggo Nuliat, a DP candidate is challenging the academic papers of her NRM counterpart Aisha Ssekindi, who won the district woman MP seat.

The sole petition from Sembabule district was filed by Joy Kafura Kabatsi and Five hundred others who are jointly suing the incumbent district woman MP Anifa Kawooya Bangirana along with the National Council for Higher Education for forging academic papers and participating in vote rigging.

In Bukomansimbi district, one the voters Dirisa Ssemanda is accusing Ruth Katushabe, the elected MP for Bukomansimbi north Constituency for failing to resign from her government office before pursuing a political seat. He also accuses her of vote rigging.

Arthur Katongole, who lost the race for the Central Youth MP also appealed to the same court challenging the age of the declared winner Sarah Babirye Kityo whom he says is far above the accepted age bracket. Katongole argues that Babirye is above 30 years of age, the mandatory age ceiling for youth leaders in Uganda.

Abdirahman Kabugo, who contested as Ndagwe Sub County LCV councilor for Lwengo also sued the Electoral Commission for failing to declare results from his race. 

Rwatooro says the petitions will all be handled within a period of two months.

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