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The Commission Spokesman, Paul Bukenya said they declared Achayo after adding votes from eleven polling stations that had missed when Abala was declared. Abala will not any of this, saying he is already consulting his lawyers to petition High Court over the matter.
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The Ngora County MP, David Abala is considering suing the Electoral Commission and his rival, Juliet Achayo Lodou for overturning his victory in the January 14th, 2021 polls.

The Ngora District Returning Officer, Peter Toddu declared Abala winner of the Ngora County parliamentary elections on January 15th with 8,317. 

His closest challenger, Achayo got 7,828 votes. Achayo contested the results and sought a recount through court. Achayo argued that Abala was declared the winner on the basis of results from 54 out of 65 polling stations.

However, the Soroti Chief Magistrate, Monica Amono dismissed the application with costs on grounds that the petitioner didn’t provide substantive evidence warranting a vote recount.

Although Amono noted that there were irregularities in the elections and tallying of results, she declined to order a vote recount.

She advised the applicant to seek remedies from a competent court. Achayo pursued the matter at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, which declared her the winner with 9,517 votes against Abala’s 9,226 votes. 

The Commission Spokesman, Paul Bukenya said they declared Achayo after adding votes from eleven polling stations that had missed when Abala was declared.

Abala will not any of this, saying he is already consulting his lawyers to petition High Court over the matter. He says that the commission’s declaration of another winner has left many people with bruises and cost the lives of two people.  

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There were unsigned declaration forms from some polling stations and varying results from polling stations such as Kopege CoU, Kees Catholic Church, Pasam Mango tree, Opero Catholic Church and Omaditok among others.