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Kampala Central Mayoral Race Loser Seeks Evidence from EC

This came after Semugoma's lawyers led by Paul Kenneth Kakande and Lydia Nakyejwe told court that they wrote to the Electoral Commission to give them certified copies of the voters’ register and voter verification slips as well as Declaration Forms of Summit View Polling Stations which the Commission promised to avail by end of business today.
06 Sep 2021 19:04
Salim Uhuru upon being declared winner


  The High Court in Kampala has granted more time to Hamdan Semugoma Kigozi, the loser of Kampala Central Mayoral race to file additional evidence in his petition seeking to overturn the victory of his rival Salim Saad Uhuru.

 

  Court presided over by Justice Isaac Muwata has given Semugoma up to September 16th 2021 to file evidence to show that there was alteration of results at Summit View Polling Stations in Kololo.  

This came after Semugoma's lawyers led by Paul Kenneth Kakande and Lydia Nakyejwe told court that they wrote to the Electoral Commission to give them certified copies of voters’ register and voter verification slips as well as Declaration of Results Forms of Summit View Polling Stations but the Commission promised to avail them by end of business today. 

 

As a result, the Judge reasoned that when he grants them more time, the responders Uhuru and Electoral Commission will also need time to respond thus adjourning the case to next week for hearing to enable all the parties to have made in response to the new evidence.

Uhuru of the National Resistance Movement was declared the winner of the January 25th elections with 13,114 votes against the National Unity Platform Candidate Semugoma's 10,654 votes. 

 

Others were Democratic Party's Charles Sserunjogi who obtained 5,318 votes, Patrick Mugisha who obtained 2,095 votes, Lameck Ssewanyana with 829 votes, Forum for Democratic Change’s Isa Ssemaganda  with531 votes, George Wakula 312 votes, Isaya Kavuma 166 votes and Emmanuel Ttebajjukira who trailed the pack with 79.  

The records show that 565 votes  were invalid.  

 

But not satisfied with the results which were gazetted on April 22 2021, Semugoma through his lawyers of Alaka and Company Advocates challenged the victory of Uhuru saying that he was declared the winner when he was not in the voters’ register.

Semugoma argued that Uhuru  was not duly nominated because the nomination papers showed that the registered person was Salim Uhuru Nsubuga not Salim Saad Uhuru who won the race.

According to Semugoma, the  people who supported Uhuru’s  nomination were not under the Kampala Central constituency but instead Lubaga Division while others were from Makindye in Wakiso District.

He also noted that Uhuru’s nomination papers were not signed and countersigned by a minimum of 20 signatures as required under the Local Government Act.

As such, Semugoma alleged that there was noncompliance with the law and the failure affected the result of the election in a substantial manner in that at summit view the army voted multiple times and allegedly engaged in ballot stuffing.

"On the voters register there were a number of voters who had since passed on, others were serving long term prison sentences and a big number of the army officers and men who had since been transferred and/or retired and who were no longer residing at summit view barracks had their names on the displayed voters register’’ he also argued.

He thus asked court to set aside the victory of Uhuru and declare him as the duly elected Chairperson for Kampala Central Division Mayoral elections. 

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