Three judges of the Court of Appeal, Justice Remmy Kasule, Paul Mugamba and Chebrion Bulshaki have dismissed with costs an appeal filed by Mary Nakato, challenging the election of Veronica Babirye Kadogo as Buyende District Woman MP.
The judges concluded that the lower court judge was right to dismiss the petition after Nakato failed to prove that Kadogo bribed voters, and that other irregularities in the election affected the final results.
They pointed out that although Nakato claimed that some people were given money and items to persuade them to vote for Kadogo, none of the people swore an affidavit proving to court how the items given out caused her or him to change their mind while voting.
“No evidence was brought in court to prove that Mrs. Namugira Margaret and her colleague who are said to have been given money were eligible voters of that area; therefore this allegation was not proved to the satisfaction of court,” the judges ruled.
Nakato had alleged that Babirye bribed voters at Mukanga and Biyingo with money, saucepans and mosquito nets during campaigns.
On the issue of failure to comply with the Electoral laws, the appellant court pointed out that at some of the polling stations she cited, the appellant’s agents signed on the Declaration of Results forms which showed that they were content with the process.
Nakato also failed to bring out the actual number of votes she lost in the process as well as the rate at which it affected the final results.