Sunday, October 17, 2010


Democratic Party (DP) electoral tribunal has cancelled party primary election results of LC5 councillorship for Makerere University and Rubaga II electoral areas.
Mr Fred Mbidde, the DP legal adviser, who chaired the tribunal, on Thursday ruled that the elections were conducted unconstitutionally and ordered for fresh polls.
“Both elections were conducted in error and in contravention of the party constitution. It is therefore ordered that the elections for the flag-bearers in the subject electoral areas be conducted in a proper manner,” he said.
Incumbent councillors Bernard Luyiga (Makerere University) and Zacky Mberaze (Rubaga II) petitioned the tribunal, contesting the election of Wilson Nsibirwa and Henry Matovu as party flag -bearers for the seats respectively.
The petitioners said the elections were not supervised by the urban division branches as provided for in the party constitution. Article 54 provides for the formation of urban division branches of the party throughout the county.
“These branches are not known to have existed in both areas before, during and even after the elections,” Mr Mbidde adding; “Accordingly the constitution of the Democratic Party was offended as far as supervision of the said party primaries in both areas was concerned.”.
Ruling rejectedHowever, Mr Nsibirwa who attended the proceedings rejected the ruling insisting that he was not given a fair hearing.He also doubted the party’s readiness to conduct fresh primary elections claiming that the ruling could have been designed to “rob him of victory”.
“This is broad day robbery. There is no date set for fresh elections and if they (elections) are not held between now and next week, the incumbents will automatically become the flag-bearers,” he added

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