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Loser of Lwengo Workers Elections Petitions Court

In a petition filed at Masaka High Court Registry, Ponsiono Balikka Matovu who contested as an independent candidate says the elections conducted on January 27th 2021, were marred with inconsistencies that affected the overall results and the integrity of the process.
Ponsiano Matovu(L) and his Lawyer Fredrick Robert Kalule after the court session

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The loser in the election for councillor representing workers to Lwengo district council has petitioned the High Court in Masaka seeking to overturn the results alleging irregularities.  

In a petition filed at Masaka High Court Registry, Ponsiono Balikka Matovu who contested as an independent candidate says the elections conducted on January 27th 2021, were marred with inconsistencies that affected the overall results and the integrity of the process. 

The Electoral Commission declared Aggrey Tumuhimbise, the National Resistance Movement-NRM candidate winner with 98 votes, followed by Paul Mugambwa, independent with 77 votes, Patrick Mwanje scoring seven and Ponsiano Matovu Balikka emerged last with one vote.

However, Matovu contends that the elections were not a true reflection of people’s will, alleging that the NRM candidate connived with the Electoral Commission to manipulate the process in his favour. 

He also accused the Electoral Commission of denying him the voters’ register which complicated his efforts to effectively conduct his campaign. 

In his petition, Matovu also indicates that Tumuhimbise who was declared winner is not an eligible candidate for the position. He alleges that Tumuhimbise does not subscribe to any workers’ union as required by law.

He also accuses the Electoral Commission Presiding Officer of allowing non registered voter to participate in the process, hence inflating the results in favour of the NRM candidate.

For instance, in his petition, Matovu indicates that according to the Electoral Commission results all the 184 delegates showed up to cast votes on the polling day, yet in reality, over 30 of the registered voters did not participate in the election.

He says that the election exercise was clogged with procedural irregularities thereby falling short of the principle of fairness.   

    //Cue in: (Luganda) “naye nasaba….   

  Cue out; …..nga ffe sitwalonda.”// 

 But Tumuhimbise describes that petition as a mere gimmick with no grounds that can make it stand in court.

According to him, the petitioner boycotted the election, arguing that there was no way voters would consider an absentee candidate who was hardly known to them.  He says he has all convincing the grounds to defend his victory, adding he will only wait for the court to fix the matter for hearing to disprove the petition.

The Masaka High Court circuit has so far registered ten election petitions arising from the general elections conducted early this year. Seven of the petitions are related to parliamentary polls while three are challenging local council polls. 

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