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High Court Dismisses Election Petition against MP Okot Ogong

Okot was dragged to court by his rival Paul Amoru Omiat (FDC) challenging his re-election as the Dokolo county MP in the February general election.
 The high court in Lira has dismissed with costs an election petition against Dokolo county Member of parliament Felix Ogot Ogong.

Okot was dragged to court by his rival Paul Amoru Omiat (FDC) challenging his re-election as the Dokolo county MP in the February general election.

Justice Stephen Musota, dismissed the petition on grounds that the petitioner breached the procedures.

The judge argued that the petitioner did not comply with rule five sections three of the parliamentary election petition. He said the rule is not indispensible, rather it is a must and that every petitioner is required to pay a court fee of Shs150,000 at the time of filling a petition, but Amoru did only pay Shs100,000, contrary to the act.

The Judge explained that the fee is meant to avoid prejudice between the two parties.

But Amoru said he paid the said money based on a court assessment.

Amoru who polled 17,096 votes in the February general election, said he will consult his lawyers on the way forward.

He told reporters outside court on Tuesday, that the judge should have asked him to clear the balance than throw out the petition.

Okot was visibly excited as he walked out of court with smiles all over his face.

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