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High Court Okays Withdrawal of Petition Against Ngoma Town Council Mayor

According to Kaweesi, Kasujja forged and altered signatures of nine people out of the said 20 who nominated him for the post he won unopposed.
19 Aug 2021 16:37
Electoral Commission Lawyers in Court.
The High Court in Kampala has approved the withdrawal of an election petition filed against Ngoma Town Council Mayor Joseph Kasujja.

The withdrawal was endorsed by Justice Isaac Muwata who said that the law doesn't allow the court to stop a petitioner to withdraw his or her case.

Muwata ruled that the petitioner Patrick Kaweesi informed him through his lawyers and presented a consent signed by both parties showing that the withdrawal was prompted by several engagements held with his rival aimed at promoting justice. He ordered that each party bears its costs.

Kaweesi on Monday through his lawyers of Kodili and Company Advocates filed a letter notifying the court about how intends to withdraw his petition.

Kaweesi petitioned the court that Kasujja was nominated on October 1 but he did not attach to his nomination form 20 that required registered voters from each electoral area which comprise Ngoma Town Council.

"Your Petitioner further states that the list of registered voters in support of the nomination of 1st respondent/Kasujja for the post of Chairperson/Mayor Ngoma Town Council comprised of alleged voters who did not append signatures on the 1st respondent's nomination form.

According to Kaweesi, Kasujja forged and altered the signatures of nine people out of the said 20 who nominated him for the post he won unopposed.

He also argued that the Electoral Commission nominated and declared Kasujja unopposed in error because it failed to exercise its mandate of holding elections in conformity with election laws.

Through his lawyers, Kaweesi had prayed for the decision to declare Kasujja unopposed to be set aside and have fresh elections conducted in Ngoma Town Council for the Chairperson/Mayor.

The evidence before the court shows that the Electoral Commission which was today demanding to be paid costs due to the withdrawal of the petition had already filed a response to Kaweesi's petition.

The Electoral Commission through an affidavit of Rashidah Najjuka had indicated that during the hearing, they were to raise a preliminary point of law to the effect that the petition lacked merit because it was premised on imaginary theories and therefore untenable in law.