On Monday, Lokeris through his lawyers Alaka and Co. Advocates filed a petition against the Electoral commission seeking an inspection, and recount of ballot papers cast in the seven sub-counties.
The Kotido Chief Magistrate has ordered the Electoral Commission to
recount the votes from Dodoth East County. The order follows a petition filed
by the incumbent MP Samson Lokeris, who lost to Emmanuel Komol.
On Monday, Lokeris through his lawyers Alaka and Co. Advocates filed
a petition against the Electoral commission seeking an inspection, and recount
of ballot papers cast in the seven sub-counties. They include Lobongia, Kaabong
town council, Lodiko, Loyoro, Kakamar, Kaabong West, and Lolelia.
He argued that the returning officer declared Komol as the winner 7,903
votes against his 7,892 votes with a marginal difference of only 11 votes. He
adds that the tallying of results in the sub-counties was not conducted per the
principals laid down in the provisions of the parliamentary act 2015.
Other grounds were that his polling agents were denied the
right to verify and substantiate the ballot papers, voting went on until 9:30 pm which denied them the opportunity to know the truth and accuracy of
the votes cast at various polling stations.
Jude Mwasa the lawyer of Komol, however, denied all the submissions, saying
everything was held per the laid out procedures.
In his ruling on Friday, Emmy Geoffrey, the Chief Magistrate Kotido ordered the
EC to avail the electoral materials for the seven sub-counties and prepare for a
recount on Monday at Kaabong Grade One Magistrate’s court.