According to Acire, Okwonga collected T-shirts with his portrait from his supporters after bribing them and asked each of them to recruit five members from his camp; something he said is against the laws governing elections in the country.
The petition letter written to the EC by Christopher Acire -Photo by Jesse Johnson James
for Democratic Change Party–FDC Gulu City Mayoral candidate, Christopher Acire
has petitioned the Electoral Commission over alleged voter bribery by his
Acire accuses his National Resistance Movement-NRM party rival, Alfred
Okwonga of bribing 10 of his supporters with white T-shirts and Shillings
10,000 each on November 29th, 2020.
According to Acire, Okwonga collected T-shirts with his portrait from his supporters
after bribing them and asked each of them to recruit five members from his camp;
something he said is against the laws governing elections in the country.
He has asked the Electoral Commission through the Gulu
District Returning Officer, Benson Obete to intervene in the matter, since
police declined to register a case of voter bribery when he went to report on Monday
afternoon. He also says Okwonga is still
continuing with voter bribery.
Charles Okech Oceng, a Boda-boda Cyclist in Gulu City is among the 10 people
who received T-shirts and money from Alfred Okwonga. He told URN that he was
approached by one of Okwonga's campaign agents when he saw him wearing a blue
T-shirt with Acire's portrait.
According to Oceng, the agent led them to Okwonga where they were told to hand
over the blue T-shirts as a sign of defection before being given the white
T-shirts and money. Oceng says that after receiving the handouts, he was
conflicted and decided to return the handouts only to be denounced by Okwonga.
Okwonga has denied the bribery allegations, saying it is propaganda aimed at
tainting his reputation. He also counter accuses Acire of bribing his supporters.
Benson Obete, the Gulu District Returning Officer told URN that he is yet to
receive the said petition in person because he has been in the field. He
promised to establish whether it was delivered to his office.
Voter bribery is contrary to section 68(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act
of 2005. Anybody who commits the offence is liable on conviction to a fine not
exceeding Shillings 1.4M or imprisonment not exceeding more than three years or