The Gulu District Registrar of the Electoral Commission has rejected
a petition for the recount of the Bargede –Layibi Gulu City Division Mayoral
On January 26th, George Ogwette, the former Democratic Party –DP candidate for
Bardege –Layibi Division Mayoral race wrote to the Gulu District Registrar of
the Electoral Commission demanding for a mandatory vote recount after he
protested the result where Patrick Lumumba Oola was declared the winner with
2,636 votes against his 2,594 votes. Oola won Ogwette with 42 votes.
Ogwette through his lawyers from Odongo and Company Advocates demanded the
mandatory recount of the votes under Section 172 of the Local Government Act
Cap. 243 as amended and Section 54 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005 as
amended, in a bid for the winner to be determined.
However, Benson Obette, the Gulu District Registrar of the Electoral Commission
turned down Ogwette’s request on the ground that he petitioned his office late. Obette explains that disclosed a returning
officer cannot sanction a recount of votes after the declaration and transmission
of the election results.
According to Obette, a candidate is supposed to request for a
recount of votes only during the tallying process and that if the results have
already been declared and transmitted, the candidate can apply to the Chief
Magistrate for the recount.
He said he advised the complainant to apply to the court under
Section 55 of the Parliamentary Elections Act.
Ogwette says that he has petitioned the Chairman Electoral Commission in
Meanwhile, Patrick Lumumba Oola, the winner in the Bardege –Layibi
Division Mayoral race said even if a recount of the votes is sanctioned, he is
sure that he will still be declared a winner.
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