In her ruling on Tuesday, Justice Elizabeth Nahamya Ibanda, said the petitioner had failed to provide sufficient evidence to convince court to nullify Tabans victory.
Sam Otada, the former Kibanda North Member of parliament in Kiryandongo District has lost his election petition against his successor, Taban Amin Tampo. Kibanda contested for re-election in the February general election but lost to Taban.
He petitioned court through his lawyer Simon Kasangaki to nullify Taban's victory citing voter bribery, intimidation and lack of the requisite academic qualifications. In his affidavit, Otada also claimed that Taban was not a registered voter at Bweyale Church of Uganda polling station where he cast his vote from.
In her ruling on Tuesday, Justice Elizabeth Nahamya Ibanda, said the petitioner had failed to provide sufficient evidence to convince court to nullify Taban's victory. She also rejected calls for fresh elections on grounds that Taban had used his alias “Tampo” on the ballot paper.
Justice Ibanda noted that since there was no other candidate in the names of Amin Taban Tampo, the bearer was genuinely elected. She also said since no one reported a case of voter intimidation and bribery to any police station or Electoral Commission offices in Kiryandongo court couldn't rely on hearsay to nullify such an election.
She therefore dismissed the petition and ordered Otada to pay Taban the costs of the suit. Speaking to URN shortly after the court ruling, Taban said justice has prevailed since he was duly elected Kibanda North Member of parliament.
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Otada rejected the ruling and instructed his lawyers to appeal, saying the judge was biased.
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Amin Taban Tampo is the grandson of former President, Iddi Amin Dadda.