By Julius Odeke
High Court judge Vincent Zehurikirize on Thursday nullified the Luweero district Woman Member of Parliament Brenda Nabukenya’s Parliamentary seat over massive election rigging and bribery.
The judge ordered for fresh elections to be conducted in Luwero district whereby voters shall elect the district woman representative.
The case arose from a petition by Nabukenya’s rival, Rebecca Nalwanga from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, who lost the by-election in November 2011. Nalwanga, accused Nabukenya of bribing voters.
She also faulted the Electoral Commission of closing the voting exercise before the mandatory 5pm time which literally “disenfranchised” her supporters. In his ruling, Zehurikirize said Nalwanga had raised her complaints on a strong ground considering that she lost by a margin of 30 votes.
Nabukenya scooped a staggering 14,945 votes against Nalwanga’s 14,915 out of 340 polling stations in the central District. FDC’s Ziada Gwokyalya scored a paltry 3775 votes, according to results that were released by district returning officer Peter Kasozi.