The High Court in Mubende has today morning nullified Joyce Ntwatwa Bagala’s election as the Mityana Woman Member of Parliament.
This follows a petition by Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, who in her petition accused Bagala of conniving with the Electoral Commission (EC) to carry out a number of election malpractices.
The minister, who came second in the election in the election also adds on that Bagala, with the help of EC procured prohibited persons to vote, impersonate and multi vote. And later on won the election with 16000 more votes than her.
The Electoral Commission, lawyer Godfrey Musinguzi said that the three were not able to make it but said that their statements will be included in the submissions.
Judge Emmanuel Baguma ruled that upon finding that there is enough evidence in this petition to prove that the Bagala through her Agents, with her knowledge and consent or approval, committed the electoral offence of bribery.
“And court therefore makes the following orders; The election of the 2nd Respondent (Bagala) as Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana District Constituency is set aside.”
The judge also ruled that a by-election is ordered to be held in Mityana District Constituency for the Woman Member of Parliament.
“The Petitioner (Nabakooba) is awarded the costs of this Petition,” the judge added.
The ruling followed a petition by Judith Nabakooba, Court-ordered fresh elections.