Elections

Sematimba Peter v Sekigozi (Election Appeal No. 08 &10 of 2016) [2017] UGCA 28 (18 September 2017);

Flynote: 

Search Summary: 

The appellant was dissatisfied with the
decision of the trial judge who nullified his
election on the basis that he had presented
fraudulent academic documents and that
therefore he was ineligible to contest for
election. He averred that the trail judge failed

to properly evaluate the evidence of
authenticity of the diploma. Court added that
since the respondent had failed to prove
fraud, the documents attached remained valid
and proper.

Headnote and Holding: 

Court held that the trial judge had
misdirected himself on the law principle
applicable by asking the appellant to avail
certified copies yet the institution had ceased
operations 28 years prior. Court added that
the right option was the court to require the
document to bear signature and seal of office
of Foreign Service Officer or British consul
to ascertain authenticity.
Court accordingly allowed the appeal, and
declared the applicant as having been validly
elected.

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