Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party’s struggle to throw out Ignatius Tumusiime, Masindi municipal council male youth Councilor elect has continued to gain more strength.
During recently concluded general elections, Ignatius Tumusiime (NRM) contested with Monday Rogers (FDC) for position of male youth Counselor for Masindi municipality.
However; Monday petitioned Electoral Commission seeking nullification of Tumusiime’s candidate on grounds that he was above 30 years since in 2011’s national voter register indicates that he was born in 1984 making him 32 years old.
Despite the fact that several correspondences were made, Electoral Commission never cancelled Tumusiime’s candidature and now Monday has decided to drag Tumusiime together with Electoral Commission to courts of law.
Through his lawyers of Tugume-Byensi and company advocates, in a letter dated 10th May 2016 addressed to the secretary requesting to availed with nomination papers on the basis for which Tumusiime Ignatius was nominated for the post of municipal youth chairman (Masindi municipality) in 2010 and for the post of municipal male youth Councilor (Masindi municipality) in 2015 and their respective gazettes.
“Our client has instructed us to petition court to challenge the election of Tumusiime Ignatius on the basis of irregular nomination. In pursuance of the same, we initially wrote to the returning officer-Masindi seeking assistance in respect of the aforesaid matter but he referred us to your good office”, part of the letter reads.
Monday’s lawyers also gave Electoral Commission seven days to produce the said document that is to say not later than Tuesday 17th May 2016.
When contacted, an officer in the electoral commission’s legal team who preferred not to be mentioned said that she had received Monday’s letter and he would be availed with the required documents either on 16th of 17th May 2016.