High Court Issues Interim Order Blocking Rubaga North Vote Recount

Isaac Muwata, the Registrar of Kampala High Court has issued an interim injunction stopping a recount of the votes from Lubaga North Parliamentary elections.

He issued the interim court injunction this afternoon in response to an application by Moses Kasibante, the winner of the disputed polls blocking the vote recount.

This morning, Kasibante petitioned high court arguing that Philip Odoch, Mengo chief magistrate erroneously granted his rival Singh Katongole, the court order without consulting him as the winner of the disputed polls.

Katongole petitioned court for a vote recount claiming that results declaration forms were altered to grant Kasibante victory. Odoch ordered for a vote recount this morning forcing Kasibante to petition Kampala High court.

His lawyer Medard Ssegona asked court to block the vote recount saying that his client was not given a hearing yet the vote recount was likely to affect him. He also said that by omitting Kasibante from the entire process court had violated his rights to be heard.

Arthur Mugyenyi, the lawyer for Singh Katongole however told court that it was necessary to include Kasibante in the petition because it is the responsibility of Electoral Commission to tally and declare results.

He also said that there is no evidence to show that Kasibante would suffer irreparable damage if the vote recount continues. In his ruling, Muwata issued an interim court order stopping the vote count until tomorrow when the court will dispose off the main application.

Speaking to URN shortly after the High court ruling, Phillip Odoch, the Mengo Chief Magistrate said that he will go on with the vote recount because he had not yet received the fresh court order.

But Elias Lukwago, the lawyer for Kasibante said they will not allow the counting to take place until election commission explains why some of the seals on the ballot boxes have been tampered with.