JINJA DISTRICT: Court in Jinja has cleared Jinja South division East legislator, Nathan Igeme Nabeta to file supplementary affidavits to support his reply to the petition.
Justice Issa Sserunkuma directed both the petitioner and respondents’ lawyers to file written submissions, which shall be expeditiously discussed during the next hearing on September 16, 2021.
Alliance for National Transformation’s (ANT), Paul Mwiru filed a petition against the Electoral Commission and Nabeta, accusing them of conniving to deny him victory during the January parliamentary elections.
“A section of Electoral Commission officials connived with Nabeta to exaggerate the results at Masese 1 polling station N-M, which greatly affected the final election results” reads the petition in part.
According to one of the declarations of results forms exhibited before the court, Masese 1 polling station has 798 voters and of these; Nabeta earned 650 votes whereas, Mwiru garnered 20 votes.
However, in his affidavit, Mwiru argues that he earned 103 votes and Nabeta scooped 238 votes. He claims that his agents were beaten and forced to append signatures on the fake declaration of results forms.
Nabeta’s lawyer, Ahmed Kalule stresses that they delayed filing their replies to accord the petitioner enough time to furnish the court with enough evidence in support of the petition.
Mwiru argues that the move to allow the respondents to adduce supplementary affidavits is timely in ensuring fair dispensation of justice.