High Court sitting in Kasese has upheld a request for a vote re-count by Ms Rehema Muhindo (NRM), who lost to Ms Winfred Kiiza (FDC) in the February 18 parliamentary polls.
She had successfully applied for a vote recount in the Kasese lower court but during the counting, court found some ballot boxes tampered with and halted the exercise. Later Ms Muhindo, through her lawyers, Mr Ngaruye Ruhindi unsuccessfully applied to High Court in Fort Portal presided over by Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama for a revision order.
She then appealed to court asking it to allow the re-count of six disputed ballot boxes all from Bukonzo West constituency. Court okayed the request and the exercise was conducted by the Kasese District returning officer, Mr Ahamed Naduli Musisi, before the High Court on Monday presided over by Justice Elizabeth Namanya.
Ms Muhindo contends that the six polling stations had highest number of invalid votes which she believes would have given her victory. However, after the recount both parties found their votes invalidated by EC. Parties will now make submissions on July 7, 14, 15, and the final reply by Ms Muhindo will be on July 21 in High court in Kampala before court sets a judgment day.