October 20, 2021

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Court dismisses Wanyoto petition against Mbale Woman MP

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High Court in Mbale has dismissed the election petition filed by Hon Lydia Wanyoto against the incumbent MP Mbale City Hon Connie Nakayenze.

The court Thursday upheld the election of Galiwango as Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament.

Galiwango, who contested as an Independent candidate after losing the NRM primaries, garnered 40,729 votes while Wanyoto got 25,276 (33.06 per cent) votes in the January 14 general election.

Wanyoto who was the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer filed a petition claiming the electoral process was marred by widespread fraud allegedly orchestrated by Galiwango and electoral commission.

Justice Andrew Byabashaija ruled that Galiwango resoundingly won the election with 40,729 votes against the 25,276 votes.

That is a wild margin given that there were four other candidates in the race, he said.

“The success of such a winning candidate at election cannot be interfered with or taken away without any justification. It should be upheld, having found that the petitioner is not entitled to any remedies. The petition is therefore, dismissed in its entirety with costs to first and second respondent,” he ruled.

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