NRM’s Martial thrown out of parliament, court orders fresh elections

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By mukose Arnold Anthony
Court of appeal in Kampala sitting at Twed towers under a panel of 3 judges Egoda Ntende, Richard Buteera and the new deputy chief justice Alphonse Owiny Odolo have thrown out  Andrew Martial as the Igara East Member of Parliament.

The election petition was filed by the former area legislator Micheal Mawanda who was not satisfied with 2016 election results citing malpractices.

According to Mawanda, the voting, tallying and declaration of results were merged with irregularity since there was arithmetic variations on the result declaration forms, creation of non gazetted polling stations, ballot stuffing, intimidation, defamation by agents of his opponent and bribery.

Independent but NRM leaning Mawanda was represented by lawyers led by Owen Murangira and company advocates and Frank Kanduho.

Mawanda polled 15091 votes whereas Martial won with a margin of 892 when he pulled 15983 in the 2016 general elections which left Mawanda unsatisfied leading to his petition.

The court ruling, therefore means that Igara East constituency will hold fresh elections. The ruling NRM party has dominated previous by-elections winning 11 out of the 13 so far held. The two went to independent candidates.

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