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Journalist Joyce Bagala Thrown Out of Parliament as Court Orders Fresh Woman MP Poll in Mityana

Court has nullified the election of Joyce Bagala Ntwantwa as the Women’s Representative for Mityana District following a petition by Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, who came second in the election.

The Development follows a petition by Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, who came second in the election.

Bagala won the January 14 polls with a margin of 16,000 votes to defeat Nabakooba. But in March, Nabakooba filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the polls, alleging that Bagala was not validly elected to represent Mityana district in Parliament, on grounds that the Electoral Commission failed to secure conditions necessary for the conduct of the election.

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However, Nabakooba, the candidate for the ruling NRM alleges that while registered voters were threatened, and her agents intimidated, EC presiding officers connived with Bagala and her agents to procure voting by unregistered persons, facilitate impersonation of voters and multiple voting. Nabakooba added that at the time of vote counting, her valid votes were counted among the invalid votes.

She argues that on the basis of this, the election was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Constitution, the Parliamentary Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act which affected the result in a substantial manner. But Bagala says that her rival has no legal grievance but simply nursing wounds of defeat.

Nabakooba adds that the petition is incompetent because it does not disclose a case recognized by law and hence it should be struck out with costs. Bagala states that the alleged irregularities are figments of imagination, imperfectly cooked by Nabakooba to upset the will of the people of Mityana district.

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Joyce Bagala was yet to speak out about the court ruling by press time.