MASINDI HIGH COURT SETS HEARING DATES FOR ELECTION PETITIONS; TO START WITH BINTU JALIA VS ALED
By Innocent Atuganyira
Justice Musa Sekaana the head of Civil Division of High Court has set dates for hearing the election petitions filed at Masindi High Court.
Briefing the petitioners this afternoon at the Masindi High Court, Justice Musa Sekaana asked them to prepare for the hearing, and desist from gathering supporters outside or around the court premises to contain the spread of the corona virus.
More than seven election petitions were filed at the Masindi High Court, and hearing will kick off tomorrow. The first petition to be heard will be of Bintu Jalia Lukumu Vs Akugizibwe Ronald Aled, then Electoral Commission Vs Banage Fredrick and Kabindi Steven.
Bintu Jalia Lukumu who contested for Member of Parliament for Buruli Constituency in the previous elections lost to Akugizibwe Ronald Aled, and she was the second runner.
Through her lawyers of Victoria Advocates and Legal Consultants, Bintu Jalia Lukumu filed a petition at Masindi High Court challenging the victory of Akugizibwe Ronald Aled. The petition stated that Akugizibwe didn’t resign from civil service before joining politics, and was still getting salary.
According to the petition, Jalia wants to be declared the member of parliament for Buruli constituency since she was the second runner, however, the other two contesters including Kabindi Steven of NRM who was the third runner and Fredrick Banage who emerged last conjoined the petition, and they want a by-election to be conducted since they also participated.
The case will be heard on 17th- 18 August 2021. We will keep you updated with the outcomes.
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