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Electoral Commission has defied a court order staying the recount of votes from Lubaga North parliamentary elections.
Moses Kasibante, the winner of Lubaga North parliamentary seat this morning filed an application in Kampala High court for an injunction staying the vote recount, which was granted by Isaac Muwata, Kampala High court registrar.
Kasibante petitioned high court after Phillip Odoch; the Mengo Chief Magistrate ordered a fresh count of the votes following a petition filed by Singh Katongole, the loser of the Lubaga MP elections.
But in his application, Kasibante asked court to block the vote recount saying that he was not given a fair hearing. Kasibante also argued that he was not served in time to mobilize his polling agents who were at the various polling stations during the elections.
As a result Muwata issued an interim court order staying the vote recount until tomorrow morning when court disposes off the main application. Silver Mugyenyi, an election officer from Electoral Commission defied the court order and decided to carry on with the fresh count of votes.
Mugyenyi said that they can not stop the exercise until they hear from Electoral Commission. The decision by Mugenyi to disrespect the court order left Medard Ssegona, the lawyer for Kasibante speechless.
Medard said that it was surprising for the electoral commission to carry on with the fresh count in the absence of Phillip Odoch, Mengo chief magistrate. It is not yet clear, how Odoch who was earlier scheduled to preside over the vote recount left the court room.
Kizito Sserumaga, a polling agent of Kasibante was arrested and whisked away in the scuffle that ensured as a result of the forced vote recount. Meanwhile police has still maintained tight security at Mengo Magistrate court.