Oloo ran to court on grounds that there was impersonation of polling agents and falsification of results, non-compliance of electoral laws that allegedly affected the outcome of the results.
Paul Oloo at Soroti Court premises with his supporters.
The High Court in Soroti has started hearing an election petition
against Matheniko County MP, Dr John Baptist Lokii who is accused of bribing
The petition was filed by Paul Oloo, an independent candidate who garnered 6,602
votes against Lokii’s 6,794 votes. Oloo ran to court on grounds that there was
impersonation of polling agents and falsification of results, non-compliance of
electoral laws that allegedly affected the outcome of the results.
Oloo’s lawyer Richard Latigo said that the election was marred with several
malpractices like ballot stuffing, multiple voting, intimidation, violence and bribery
among others. Citing the affidavit of Andelo Pulokol, the Latigo said that Dr
Lokii’s wife, Rose Adero was allegedly seen buying local brew (Kwete) for
voters in the company of village chairpersons at Lopei.
The lawyer also quoted another affidavit of John Bosco Alinga who indicated
that Dr Lokii was seen giving money to voters at Lopur Polling Station.
On intimidation and disenfranchisement, the petitioner’s lawyer presented the
affidavit sworn by Rogers Anyakun and Joseph Maruk who said that the Parish
Internal Security Officer ordered the Presiding Officer of Naregae to allow
only voters from Asen village to stay in the queue while others were ejected
after 4:00 pm.
Maruk on the other hand said in his affidavits that he was assaulted by Adero
and her husband, Dr Lokii on the polling day. The affidavits indicated that the
duo was driving car UAQ 060Q when they confronted Maruk.
Latigo also presented an argument indicating that at Lopur Polling Station, the
ballots were more than the registered number of voters. He said that the
register had 464 voters but 465 votes were counted.
But Caleb Alaka, the lawyer representing Dr Lokii said that the
allegations by the petitioner had no proof.
“The facts are hidden in this matter; the numbering of the affidavits and other
documents is obnoxious. The petitioner is supposed to be straightforward. It’s
our fundamental right as defendants under Article 28 to understand the case to
prepare our Defense, ”Alaka said in court.
He added that that the petitioner first listed five polling stations but later
narrowed all the arguments to Lopur and Naregae Polling Stations. Alaka also
asked the petitioner to produce names of agents and voters bribed or assaulted as
alleged in the affidavits.
“My Lord, these are sweeping statements with faceless agents.
There is no evidence of ballot stuffing. The burden of proof lies on the
petitioner to adduce corroborating evidence to the claims”, Alaka added.
Fred Kato, another lawyer representing Dr Lokii asked the petitioner to produce
a certificate of marriage between Dr Lokii and his wife, Adero and proof of
ownership for the alleged car used during the alleged assault of Maruk.
Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga, the presiding judge set September 13 to deliver the
ruling on the matter.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
Living the Pen