KAMPALA- The Court of Appeal here has overturned the decision by the Jinja High Court to throw Peter Mugema Panadol out of the Ugandan Parliament.

The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that rightful Member of Parliament for the Iganga Municipality constituency is Panadol and not Abed Nasser Mudiobole, his long-time rival, as the Jinja High Court had declared.

In June 2016, Panadol approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the rulling by the Jinja High Court that he had been illegally elected in the February 2016 elections.

The High Court in Jinja had revoked the declaration of Panadol as MP for Iganga Municipality and declared that Mudiobole of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party was the rightful MP-elect of the constituency.

The decision to declare Mdiobole winner was reached after considering that a by-election would cost the Electoral Commission and waste the taxpayer's money. It is this decision that made Panadol restless and he approached the Court of Appeal.

Mudiobole had earlier filed a petition claiming that the election had been marred with irregularities, including bribery and ballot stuffing.



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