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Drama As Losers are Declared Winners in Kitgum Local Council Elections

The Returning Officer Benjamin Ewal declared Moses Ocan, an independent candidate in Pager Division with 168 votes, as the winner in the race. He also later erroneously declared Samuel Olara, an independent candidate in Central Division as the winner of the LCV Councilor's seat.
21 Jan 2021 14:37
Electoral Commision staffs in Kitgum District Tallying results of Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

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There was drama at the Kitgum Electoral Commission tally centre when the Returning officer announced persons with the lowest vote count as the winners of the LCV Councilor positions in Local Government council elections held on Wednesday.

The Returning Officer Benjamin Ewal declared Moses Ocan, an independent candidate in Pager Division with 168 votes, as the winner in the race. He also later erroneously declared Samuel Olara, an independent candidate in Central Division as the winner of the LCV Councilor's seat.

The declaration, however, sparked protests among the candidates and their agents who had been projected winners. For instance, in Pager Division, FDC’s Charles Odera Otto had garnered a total of 723 votes against Ocan who was instead pronounced winner of the race with just 168 votes.

Otto demanded that the anomaly be rectified since the summation of declaration forms from the various polling stations put him in the lead against all his opponents.

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Samuel Ojok Oryem, the Personal Assistant to Olara, equally raised complaints that the figures read by the electoral commission returning officer were glared by irregularities and demanded an audit.

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Both Oryem and Odera later presented their declaration forms to the Returning Officer who later acknowledged the anomaly and attributed it to a technical glitch with their tallying system.

After nearly two and a half hours of verification, Ewal announced Odera as the winner of Pager division LCV Councillor with 723 votes while Frank Kidega won the Central Division LCV Councillor's seat with 780 votes.

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