High Court in Mbarara has this afternoon upheld the election of Andrew Martial as the Igara East Member of Parliament. In his ruling, Justice Winfred Nabisinde revealed that Micheal Mawanda, the petitioner had failed to avail enough and sufficient evidence to warrant the cancellation of the February 18th election results.
The ruling by Justice Winfred Nabisinde was read by High court registrar Suzan Abinyo. Abinyo revealed that Micheal Mawanda, the petitioner had failed to avail enough and sufficient evidence to warrant the cancellation of the February 18th election results.
Mawanda who was the incumbent had contested in the general elections as an Independent while Andrew Martial was the ruling NRM party flag bearer.
Mawanda challenged the election on grounds that it was marred by voter bribery, voter intimidation and ballot stuffing. He asked court to nullify the election and order for fresh elections in the constituency.
In the ruling, the judge revealed that the evidence presented in court was lacking and that all the grounds raised could not be substantiated.
Shortly after the ruling, Andrew Martial told our reporter that justice has prevailed. He says that the decision now makes him comfortable to embark on development projects in the area.
Mawanda says he will appeal.