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Masaka: Electoral Commission Kicks Off Kimanya-Kabonera Petition Hearing

The Electoral Commission is today expected to dispose off a petition challenging the nomination of Kayemba  Godfrey, who is also the current mayor of Masaka and FDC flag bearer in this race, on the position of Member of Parliament for Kimanya – Kabonera Constituency in Masaka City.

According to the letter dated 31st December 2020, addressed to Masaka City Returning Officer by Mulekwah Leonard the Acting Secretary for the Commission, this matter will be heard expeditiously today, Monday.

“Please be informed that the Commission will sit to determine the concerns raised in the above request on Monday 4th January 2021 and by copy of this communication, Mr. Kigula Rogers, Mr. Samula Charles and Mr. Kayemba Godfrey are hereby invited to attend the said meeting,” the letter reads in part.

On October 28, 2020, two concerned citizens Mr. Kigula Rogers and Mr. Samula Charles, through their lawyers of Ssemwanga and Muwazi Company Advocates, petitioned the Electoral Commission on allegations that it wrongly nominated Kayemba Godfrey since he lacked the required qualifications; Uganda Advanced Certificate in Education (UACE) as required by law.

“Section 13(c) and (e) of the Parliamentary Election Act, states that a person shall not be nominated for a constituency position and their nominations papers shall be regarded as void if that person has not provided to the Registrar on nomination, the UACE Certificate or its equivalent,” reads part of complaint.

The petitioners further pointed out that Kayemba attempted to secure the Certificate “but he failed the exams.”

“The purpose of this letter is to move the Electoral Commission as provided under section 15(b) of the Parliamentary Election Act to disqualify Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo from the race of Member of Parliament for Kimanya Kabonera constituency,” they stated.

Contestants on this seat include Masaka City Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, Masaka District chairperson Jude Mbabaali, former presidential contestant Abed Bwanika and Robert Asiimwe.

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