Court Dismisses Nakaseke South MP Vote Recount Petition

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Through his lawyers, Kiwanuka and Karugire Company Advocates, Ssekabira sought a vote recount for seven polling stations in Kasangombe Sub County saying there were discrepancies in the final tally.

Luweero Chief Magistrate, Charles Sserubuga has quashed an application by Denis Ssekabira, the National Resistance Movement party candidate for the recount of votes from Nakaseke South Parliamentary elections. 



Ssekabira petitioned court after his Democratic Party rival, Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula was declared elected with 11,630 votes. Ssekabira came second with 11,268 votes followed by Dr. Edward Ssengonzi Ddamulira, an independent with 6986 votes while the incumbent MP, Ssempala Mbuuga came last with 2823 votes. 



Through his lawyers, Kiwanuka and Karugire Company Advocates, Ssekabira sought a vote recount for seven polling stations in Kasangombe Sub County saying there were discrepancies in the final tally. They include Sekabusolo, Lukabala, Bukuku Nursery school, Mwera, Njagala Bwami A-N-J, Bukalabi and Namasuba polling stations. 



In his petition, Ssekabira claimed that he scored 1420 votes against Lutamaguzi's 1045 votes in the affected polling station. He however, says he was erroneously given 930 votes. 



This morning, Sam Muyizi from Alaka and Company advocates, the counsel for Lutamaguzi asked court to dismiss the application with costs following the failure by the applicant and his lawyers to show up for the hearing of their application.
 

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The Electoral Commission, lawyer Abubaker Kayondo didn't object Kayizi's request. In his ruling, Charles Sserubuga, the Luweero Chief Magistrate dismissed the case with costs over the failure by the applicant and his lawyers to show up in court.
 

Lutamaguzi welcomed the ruling, saying he had also received information showing how the ballot boxes from the said polling stations had been tampered with.
 

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Ssekabira told URN on phone that his lawyer had delayed along the way, adding that he was consulting on a way forward. By time of determining the petition, tension was building in Semuto town council in Nakaseke as voters were threatening to demonstration should the court order the vote recount.
 
However, the voters broke out in excitement when news reached them that court has thrown out the petition.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.