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Mawogola North Election Loser Challenges Shartsi Kuteesa's Victory

In his affidavit, he argues that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the election laws and that the entire process was marred by massive ballot stuffing, alteration of the declaration of result forms, intimidation of voter, open day bribery and ferrying of voters among others; all in the favour of Musherure.
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Ismail Ddibya Wagaba, one of the former contestants for the Mawogola North County parliamentary seat in Sembabule district has petitioned the High Court seeking nullification of results citing gross irregularities.  

Wagaba who contested as an independent candidate emerged the second with 72 votes.  

Wagaba is now challenging the victory of Shartsi Nayebare Musherure Kuteesa, who was declared the winner with 17,274 votes. The others were independent candidate Hillary Tukundande 138 votes and Forum for Democratic Change-FDC Moses Lyazi 83 votes.

However, Wagaba has gone to court challenging the election alleging that it was characterized with irregularities that affected the credibility of the polls and eventually the outcome.

In his affidavit, he argues that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the election laws and that the entire process was marred by massive ballot stuffing, alteration of the declaration of result forms, intimidation of voter, open day bribery and ferrying of voters among others; all in the favour of Musherure.  

  //Cue in bribery, vote-rigging…..   

  Cue out; ….I’m challenging.”// 

In his petition, Wagaba listed dozens of polling stations in Rugushuulu sub-county, where he argues that the number of ballot papers exceeded the number of registered voters.

He also accuses argues that the Electoral Commission deployed partisan presiding officers some of whom are known NRM candidates.

//Cue in: “the evidence…..  

Cue out; ….look into.”//

Robert Beine, the Sembabule District Returning Officer when asked about the petition noted that he is yet to be served with the petition and cannot comment about its details.        

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