- October 22, 2021
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Video: NUP’s Joyce Bagala spits fire after court nullifying her election in Mityana
Furious Joyce Bagala has spoken out about the court’s ruling that has nullified her victory as Mityana district woman representative following the petition by her close rival and lands minister Judith Nabakooba.
The court sitting in Mityana led by Justice Emmanuel Baguma this morning nullified Bagala’s election and ordered fresh polls.
Bagala who has vowed to appeal the court’s ruling and fight for her victory, however, noted that the court ruling is very unfair but she is hopeful that her supporters will still vote for her in the by-election.
”This ruling is not surprising. What do you expect from someone who tells a lie blatantly,” Ms Joyce Bagala said
Judith Nabakooba who came second in the January 14 elections after getting 48,078 votes petitioned the 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.