KABALE- The National Resistance Movement Election Disputes tribunal has dismissed a petition, in which Enid Atuheire Origumisiriza who is one of the losers of the recently concluded NRM primary election for Kabale District Woman Member of Parliament, had petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission, seeking the nullifications of the elections results.
Ms Origumisiriza, petitioned the NRM electoral commission alleging the elections were marred by incidents where non party members were allowed to vote, massive rigging, falsification of declaration forms, misinterpretation of the guidance by the NRM party chairman to her disadvantage.
She also claimed that the total number of votes tallied was highger than expected, underage voting was allowed, and voter intimidation including her agents being denied the chance to sign declaration forms was the order of the day.
However in the verdict, dated Sunday 27th September 2020, Ronald Kayizzi, a member of the NRM, elections disputes tribunal, that was copied to the Chairman, National Resisitence Movement and the Secretary General, the tribunal noted that, having read the petition, the tribunal found that it was not compelling.
“The subimision by Origumisiriza’s lawyer, Paul Mukasa, failed to submit declaration forms from Ndorwa East and Ndorwa West, where he had alleged that the petitioner’s agents were bribed and ran away with the DR forms and other forms stolen from the petitioner’s camp” Kayiizi noted in the verdict.
The tribunal also said that since the petitioner, had 31,180 votes against the respondent, Hon Catherine Atwakiire Ndamira’s 51,293 votes, with a difference of 20,113, which was high and justifiable.
It also found that the petitioner failed to prove all the allegations in the petition and that the allegations affected the elections in a substantial manner and also found that the petioner failed to prove that she won in the said constituencies.
“There was no compelling evidence to prove allegations of voter bribery, bribery of agents, underage voting and intimidation of voters” The Tribunal ruled.
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