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Court Dismisses Electoral Petition against Jinja South Division Mayor

Nasser Ashraf was declared the winner of the South Division mayoral seat with 6,910 votes while Musisi, his main challenger polled 4,973 votes. Musisi however contested the results arguing that the election was marred with irregularities, which affected the final outcome of the exercise.
Nasser Ashiraf, the Jinja south division mayor, appearing before Jinja high court on Friday.
The High Court in Jinja has dismissed an election petition filed against Nasser Ashraf, the Mayor of Jinja South Division. The petition was filed by Mohammed Musisi, a candidate of the National Unity Platform’s-NUP who lost the race to Ashraf, early this year. 

Nasser Ashraf was declared the winner of the South Division mayoral seat with 6,910 votes while Musisi, his main challenger polled 4,973 votes.  Musisi however contested the results arguing that the election was marred with irregularities, which affected the final outcome of the exercise.

In his petition, Musisi stated that Nasser connived with the Electoral Commission to manipulate the final results on the tally sheet, which substantially affected the final outcome of the election. Musisi stated that the election was marred by security brutality, where several policemen threatened and physically assaulted his polling agents during the electoral process.

But Presiding Judge Joseph Murangira dismissed the application on account that the 40 affidavits filed by witnesses in support of the petition were inconsistent with details on both their national identity cards and the declaration of results forms, which clearly stipulated that different individuals owned them.

Mulangira further stated that although the petitioners’ witnesses indicated that they swore an oath at  High Court in Jinja, their affidavits contained signatures of a Kampala based Commissioner of Oaths, which was a form of inconsistency that greatly affected the merit of the petition.

After the decision, Nasser stressed that the dismissal of the case is a sigh of relief which has drastically reaffirmed his victory as the duly elected Mayor of Jinja South Division. Nasser promised to develop programs that foster the economic transformation of all city dwellers under the south city division.

Meanwhile, Musisi expressed displeasure and said that he intends to appeal against the judgement.   

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