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Court Dismisses Application For Ngora County Parliamentary Vote Recount

Achayo, a flag-bearer under the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM lost to an independent candidate and incumbent, David Abala. According to the results, Abala garnered 8,383 while Achayo got 7,513 votes. In the petition his lawyer, Halid Salim, Achayo contends that Electoral Commission used provisional results from 54 out of 65 polling stations to declare Abala winner.
Achayo with her supporter in Soroti.

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The Soroti Chief Magistrate’s Court has dismissed an application by Juliet Achayo Lodou for vote recount in Ngora County.

Achayo, the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM flag bearer lost to an independent candidate and incumbent, David Abala. According to the results, Abala garnered 8,383 while Achayo got 7,513 votes.

In the petition her lawyer, Halid Salim, Achayo contends that Electoral Commission used provisional results from 54 out of 65 polling stations to declare Abala winner.

Achayo claims that her results, that she tallied using-declaration the forms put her in the lead with 11,536 and Abala 11,082 votes.

But in the ruling, Monica Amono, the Soroti Chief Magistrate noted that much as there were irregularities in the election process and tallying of results, the only competent court would address the issues raised.

She notes that some polling officials didn’t sign declaration forms adding that some polling stations had varying results from different polling stations including Kopege CoU, Kees Catholic Church, Pasam Mango tree, Opero Catholic Church and Omaditok.

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Meanwhile, the High Court in Soroti has also dismissed an application by Kumi Woman MP, Monica Amoding for the vote recount in Kumi District. 

Amoding, who lost to the District Chairperson of Kumi, Christine Apolot got 29,299 votes while Apolot got 35,152 votes. She applied on the 20th, asking the Court to recount the votes on allegation of vote-rigging in some polling stations.

But the High Court Judge, Wilson Musalu Musene declined to grant Amoding her request and asked her to seek the request from the Chief Magistrate Court.