Court has dismissed Paul Mwiru’s election petition against Nathan Igeme Nabeta’s victory in the recently concluded elections. Paul Mwiru who contested under the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) ticket emerged with 5,355 votes while his opponent Nathan Igeme Nabeta won with a total of 5,621 votes.
Upon learning of his loss, Mwiru contested the election outcome claiming his opponent had won the elections after conniving with the Electoral Commission officials to endulge in election malpractice.
Furthermore, he said the EC manipulated the results on tally sheets with specific attention being drawn to Masese I Polling Station (N-M) whose results he claimed had been falsified as Nabeta attained a total of 650 votes out of 678 voters that turned up.
Through his lawyer, Peter Walubiri, he therefore argued that it was impossible for 678 voters to cast votes in between 12pm when the voting process started and 5pm when it stopped. He also added that in case the disputed polling stations were committed, he would emerge victorious from the 53 other station.
However, High Court Judge Issa Sserunkuma dismissed the petition with costs on grounds that Mwiru failed to provide substantial evidence to support his claims while Mwiru aruged that part of his crucial evidence was not considered by the same court, which weakened his petition.
This is also the second time Paul Mwiru has challenged Nabeta’s victory in the courts of law on grounds of either lacking the necessary academic documents to run for office or over voter rigging.