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Nkalubo Loses Bid to Challenge Theodore Ssekikubo in Court

Ssekikubos political rival Patrick Nkalubo had filed an application, seeking permission to file an election petition challenging the outcome of the February 2016 parliamentary polls in which Sekikubo won another term of office.
Mp Theodore Ssekikubo speaks to journalists outside court after dismissal of application challenging his election

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High Court has dismissed with costs an application seeking to challenge the election of MP Theodore Ssekikubo, as a Member of Parliament for Lwemiyaga County.

Ssekikubo's political rival Patrick Nkalubo had filed an application, seeking permission to file an election petition challenging the outcome of the February 2016 parliamentary polls in which Sekikubo won another term of office.

Sekikubo secured 9,272 votes against Nkalubo's 8,074 votes. However Nkalubo says that results from a number of polling stations were not tallied prior to the declaration.

Ugandan laws allow election petitions to be filed within a space of 30 days after the announcement of election results.  However, Nkalubo sought court approval to file the petition out of the 30-days bracket after failing to secure a vote recount.  He says that Justice Lawrence Gidudu erred in dismissing his initial application.

However, presiding Judge Dr Flavia Nzeija dismissed the application with costs saying it has no merit.  She noted that Nkalubo did not have any serious grounds to deserve audience apart from hatred and anger.

In the ruling read by Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe, Nzeija contended that Nkalubo wasted a lot time in the gates on no judicial entry and exit when he kept back and forth pushing for a vote recount yet he had other avenues.

Nzeija added that after failing to advance through a vote recount application, he should have filed an election petition during which he would seek a vote recount alongside other grounds. Nzeija therefore dismissed the application with costs saying it does not deserve any court's time since it is an abuse of court process.

Patrick Nkalubo was represented in court by his lawyer Timothy Mbalinda who declined to comment on the matter. Sekikubo welcomed the ruling.

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His lawyer Medard Lubega Seggona has asked the judiciary to remain independent.

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