The High Court in Soroti has dismissed with costs the Court case filed against the Soroti City West MP Jonathan Ebwalu.
A section of voters were querying the legality of Aloet and Opiyai wards who participated in Soroti East Division by-election yet they had already voted for Soroti City West MP.
Michael Enyangu and 3 others, through their lawyers Kaganzi & Co advocates expressed their dissatisfaction over what they called “unconstitutional acts and omissions” of not deleting 5,233 voters from the aforementioned two parishes.
“Following the above mentioned decision of the Court of Appeal, the EC on June 6 issued a programme for the by-election of the directly elected Member of Parliament for Soroti East Division Constituency and the voters in the parishes of Opiyai and Aloet estimated to be approximately 1,337 voters of Opiyai parish and 3,896 of Aloet parish are now slated to participate in this by-election,” reads the petition in part.
“Allowing the same voters from Opiyai and Aloet parishes to participate in the election yet their votes are part of the results declared on January 15, 2021 for the directly elected Soroti West Division Constituency is unconstitutional and contravenes the laws of the country,” they further stated.
According to the complainants, voters of the two parishes voted twice in the Soroti city east by-election.
They however asked Court to set aside the election Jonathan Ebwalu and so order for a by-election.
But while delivering his ruling the presiding High Court Judge Justice Musa Ssekana said that the petition was filed out of time.
He however dismissed the petition with costs.