Lwemiyaga Vote Recount Petition Sent to Constitutional Court

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Sekikubo, the National Resistance Movement part candidate, was declared winner of the hotly contested race after securing 9,272 votes against Nkalubos 8,074 votes. But Nkalubo says the declaration was illegal on ground that ballots from several polling stations were never tallied.

Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe has referred to the Constitutional Court, an application seeking a recount of votes from the February 18th parliamentary election for Lwemiyaga County, Sembabule district.

Patrick Nkalubo, a contender in the Lwemiyaga county parliamentary race had petitioned court in Masaka for a recount challenging the victory of incumbent legislator Theodore Sekikubo.

Sekikubo, the National Resistance Movement part candidate, was declared winner of the hotly contested race after securing 9,272 votes against Nkalubo's 8,074 votes. But Nkalubo says the declaration was illegal on ground that ballots from several polling stations were never tallied.

He says he defeated Sekikubo with more than 5000 votes.

But Sekikubo's lawyers Caleb Alaka and Medard Lubega Seggona have asked court to dismiss the application with costs on ground that it was filed later than the stipulated statutory days.

Seggona said that the court cannot go ahead and order for a recount given that the four days within which the matter is supposed to be disposed off expired. Munobe adds that the ballot boxes that they sought to recount had been tampered with.

On the basis of the argument, Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe advised Nkalubo to seek redress from the Constitutional Court.  Munobe said he needs the Constitutional Court to provide guidance on some provisions of the law especially regarding the time frame.

Nkalubo welcomes the ruling.
 
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Lawyer Medard Lubega Seggona says they will wait for the interpretation provided the matter is settled.
 
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Yesterday, a similar matter filed by Dr. Abdullah Nkoyoyo, the defeated candidate in the Bukoto East parliamentary race was withdrawn on ground that it had been overtaken by time.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.