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Bishop Odama Asks Elections Losers to Accept Results

Odama said that politicians and their supporters should not treat elections as a do or die and opt for violence once they lose.
Archbishop John Baptist Odama speaking to URN. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Bishop John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese has asked contestants who lost to accept the results. 

Odama said that politicians and their supporters should not treat elections as a do or die and opt for violence once they lose.   

The Archbishop says that elections come and go but people remain together and life must continue. 

He also pleaded with losers in the elections to seek peaceful means of solving their grievances once they are discontented with the results.

‘’In an election, there must be losers and winners. This is a fact for which both candidates and the general public must be prepared for.

In case there are disputes and the results are not acceptable to the losers, legal and peaceful means should be followed.

If the candidate you voted for has genuinely lost, accept the results and continue with life.’’ Odama said.  

 

The Bishop`s statement comes at a time when some politicians who lost in the recent parliamentary elections in Gulu and Amuru districts have protested the results citing irregularities by the Electoral Commission and their opponents. 

The Cleric also asked those that were victorious to avoid political differences but instead work for both their political rivals and those that did not support citing that they were exercising their constitutional rights.  

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In the last one week, the Electoral Commission conducted Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government council elections.

Before the elections, the country experienced waves of violence between opposition candidates and security agencies.

More than 50 lives were lost and hundreds of people injured or arrested.

Elders in Acholi under the ''Wang OO'' earlier said that the violence witnessed during the election processes poses unprecedented waves of violence.

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