The court found that there were four different results for the two candidates leading to the confusion.
Achayo was first declared winner of the Ngora County elections with 9,517 votes. Abala who had garnered 9,226 votes was instead declared winner by the Electoral Commission in Kampala.
Dr Mpeirirwe was seeking a declaration that the election was conducted in non compliance with the electoral laws and principles and a declaration that the first respondent was not validly elected and an order that the second Respondent conducts fresh elections for Bukanga County.
Justice Kawumi noted that if the failure to acquire ten names and signatures of persons supporting a candidate’s nomination would not affect the nomination, the legislature should have stated so in the parliamentary elections Act.
Tayebwa through his lawyer Geoffrey Kandeebe, on Monday, told the court presided over by Justice Moses Kazibwe Kawumi that Tumuramye was illegally nominated by the Electoral Commission. According to Kandeebe, the document he attached on the petition as the nomination paper had only signatures from nine registered voters instead of ten.
Mujungu, the National Resistance Movement -NRM party candidate won the parliamentary race with 7,601 votes, defeating his main challenger Jackson Mbaju who got 7,522 votes and eight others. But Mbaju petitioned the court to challenge the outcome of the polls citing cases of voter bribery, ballot stuffing and the existence of ghost voters of the register.
Eight election officials, among them Presiding Officers, Polling Assistants, and Voter Verification Officers from Acerer, Naregae, Arengkeju and Lopur Polling Stations, among others, filed affidavits in support of the petition filed by Paul Oloo, an independent candidate who lost the recent parliamentary elections.
Namayanja, who ran on the National Unity Platform-NUP party ticket, won the polls with 28,824 votes against the petitioner who emerged third with 2,421 votes. Dissatisfied with the poll results, Bamwesigye ran to Masaka High Court seeking among other things the nullification of the election on grounds that the Electoral Commission contravened the laws governing elections.
The petitions are from Dodoth East Constituency in Kaabong District, Toroma County in Katakwi district, Soroti East and Soroti West Divisions in Soroti City, Ngora County in Ngora district and Matheniko County in Moroto district. The others are Labwor County in Abim district and the local government elections in Bukedea.
Speaking to Journalists in Kampala, Jamson Karemani, the Spokesperson of Judiciary, said when it comes to election petitions, all judges from all divisions like criminal and civil will be called upon to come and beef-up the manpower for handling these petitions.