Gulu High Court to Start Election Petition Hearing Today

Paulino Ogwang, the Court Clerk says that the cases have been allocated to Justice Tadeo Asiimwe.
17 Aug 2021 07:54

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The High Court in Gulu will today start hearing four election petitions.

Paulino Ogwang, the Court Clerk says that the cases have been allocated to Justice Tadeo Asiimwe. The first petition is of Morris Legamoi who seeks to annul the victory of Geoffrey Opiyo Obama, the LClll Chairperson Kochgoma Town Council.

In this petition, Ogwang said Legamoi, who contested against Obama and Tom Ocitti came third in the race polling 204 votes while Obama was declared the winner with a total of 345. Legamoi claims that the results from two polling stations were not counted.

In the other petitions, Christopher Ojera seeks to annul the victory of Anthony Akol for Kilak North County seat in Amuru District.

Through his lawyer Brian Watmon, Ojera who contested under the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM party claims the election was marred by irregularities, voter bribery and malpractices.

Gertrude Ajwang Obua Amuru District Registrar declared Akol of the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC party winner after polling 6,534 votes against Ojera’s 6,366 votes.

Meanwhile, former Aruu South County MP Odonga is petitioning the court against the victory of Christopher Komakech, his arch-rival. Otto wants the election of Komakech nullified on grounds he was nominated for the race before resigning from public office.

Otto, a four-time MP argues that Komakech, who was an employee of the Ministry of Health attached to Butabika National Referral Hospital in Kampala, did not also submit requisite academic papers at the time of his nominations.

Both Otto and Komakech contested as independent candidates but Komakech was declared the winner with 9,327 votes against Otto’s 5,953 votes. Otto further claims Komakech continued receiving salary from the government’s consolidated fund until October 2020.

The former Lamwo District Woman MP Molly Lanyero seeks to overturn the victory of Nancy Achora Odonga. Lanyero of the NRM party alleged irregularities before she lost to an independent candidate Nancy Achora.

According to results announced by the Electoral Commission returning officer Samuel Olet, Lanyero polled 12,846 votes against Achora’s 16,990 votes. However, Lanyero insists that the elections were marred with gross electoral violence, intimidation, and vote-rigging which affected the outcome of the election.

On 3rd August, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo ordered for the resumption of both criminal and civil matters on August 16th following the suspension of court activities after interruptions caused by a surge in the COVID-19 infection rates in June.

Hearing of over 150 Parliamentary election petitions including that of LCV Chairperson polls and other local council leaders started on Monday across the country following the lifting of the ban on public gatherings by President Yoweri Museveni.