- October 22, 2021
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Just in: Court Throws NUP’s Joyce Bagala out of parliament, orders fresh poll in Mityana
Court has nullified the election of Joyce Bagala Ntwantwa as the Women’s Representative for Mityana District following a petition by Judith Nabakooba.
Judith Nabakooba who came second in the January 14 elections after getting 48,078 votes petitioned court and accused the Electoral Commission (EC) and Joyce Bagala (respondents) of conspiring to steal her victory.
Mityana District Returning officer, Stephen Makubuya on January 15 declared Ms Bagala of the National Unity Platform (NUP) winner of the hotly contested race after she got 64,305 votes.
However, Nabakooba, the candidate for the ruling NRM alleges that while registered voters were threatened, and her agents intimidated, EC presiding officers connived with Bagala and her agents to procure voting by unregistered persons, facilitate impersonation of voters and multiple voting. Nabakooba added that at the time of vote counting, her valid votes were counted among the invalid votes
She argues that on the basis of this, the election was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Constitution, the Parliamentary Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act which affected the result in a substantial manner. But Bagala says that her rival has no legal grievance but simply nursing wounds of defeat.
Nabakooba adds that the petition is incompetent because it does not disclose a case recognized by law and hence it should be struck out with costs. Bagala states that the alleged irregularities are figments of imagination, imperfectly cooked by Nabakooba to upset the will of the people of Mityana district.