The High Court in Mubende has declared null and void the election of Joyce Bagala, as the Mityana District Woman MP and ordered a by-election. This followed a petition filed by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms Judith Nabakooba.
In his ruling, Justice Emmanuel Baguma noted that there was credible evidence of multiple voting during the January 14 election in which the minister came second.
“Court finds that there were acts of non-compliance in different Polling stations in particular, at; King Faisal (ND-Z), Kiyinda A (A-M), Kiganwa Primary School, Kawoko Playground, Mityana A Kanamba, Busimbi Gombolola area (A Nak), Nandegejja, Primary School, Comprehensive S.S Campus, Kiyinda B (Nak z), Busimbi Railway (A-M) and Busimbi/Kasimbi (A-M) at Merryland Polling stations which stood out in non-compliance,” he said.
The judge also concurred with the petitioner that Ms Bagala, through her agents, with her knowledge and consent or approval committed the electoral offence of bribery.
“…and court makes the following Orders; the election of the second respondent (Bagala) as Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana District Constituency is set aside, a by-election is ordered to be held in Mityana District Constituency for the Woman Member of Parliament and the Petitioner is awarded the costs of this petition,” the judge said.
On January 15, Mr Stephen Makubuya, the Mityana District Returning Officer declared Ms Bagala of the National Unity Platform (NUP) winner of the hotly contested race after she got 64,305 votes. Ms Nabakooba came second with 48,078 while Ms Brenda Nabaliisa, garnered 1,509 votes.
In her petition, Ms Nabakooba accused the electoral commission officials of failure to do their job, thereby denying her victory.
According to the minister, several presiding officers connived with Ms Bagala’s agents to alter Declaration Results forms to deny her victory.