The petitions are from Dodoth East Constituency in Kaabong District, Toroma County in Katakwi district, Soroti East and Soroti West Divisions in Soroti City, Ngora County in Ngora district and Matheniko County in Moroto district.
MP David Abala.
High Court has recorded six election petitions from the Karamoja and Teso sub-regions.
The petitions are from Dodoth East Constituency in Kaabong District, Toroma
County in Katakwi district, Soroti East and Soroti West Divisions in Soroti
City, Ngora County in Ngora district and Matheniko County in Moroto district.
In Dodoth East Constituency, Samson Lokeris- NRM, also the incumbent is
challenging the election of Emmanuel Komol, an Independent candidate over
alleged voter bribery. Komol beat Lokeris with a difference
In Toroma County, Solomon Ossiya Alemu- the NRM candidate
who lost the
bid to unseat Joseph Andrew Koluo says that the elections were neither free and
who lost the NRM flag to Ossiya garnered 9,179 while Ossiya
In Soroti City West Division, two voters, Anne Grace Ameco and Donald Okwasi
are challenging the election of Jonathan Ebwalu over academic qualifications.
Ebwalu, an independent beat the NRM’s David Calvin Echodu with 7,248 against
5,286 votes for Echodu.
Herbert Edmund Ariko, the Soroti Municipality MP has dragged FDC’s Moses Attan
Okia and the Electoral Commission to court over election malpractices. Ariko,
who lost his bid to represent Soroti City East Division in parliament first
dragged six residents who petitioned the court over Soroti City boundaries in
September last year to court seeking review of the judgement that annexed Aloet
and Opiyai wards to Soroti City West.
After the review of the judgement by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene, the same
court reversed the contested wards to Soroti City East Division. Ariko now
wants the election results nullified on grounds that the elections were
conducted in non-existence areas.
In Ngora County, David Abala, an Independent candidate during the January
elections had dragged Juliet Achayo Lodou of NRM to court together with
Electoral Commission. Abala was first declared the winner by the Ngora District
Returning Officer, Peter Toddu but the commission later declared Achayo in
Kampala on grounds that Abala had been declared before adding up votes from
eleven polling stations.
The Ngora County case first appeared before Chief Magistrate’s Court in
Soroti seeking a vote recount but the case was dismissed with costs. According
to the petitioner, there were many irregularities during the
In Matheniko County, Paul Oloo, an independent candidate who lost his bid to unseat
John Baptist Lokii of NRM is contesting the outcome of the elections on
grounds that they were bribery. Oloo got 6,606 votes while Lokii won with 6,794
According to the court official who didn’t want to be named because she
authorized to speak to the media, the court is yet to set the date for the
hearing of the petitions.
“We don’t expect any more election petitions because the time given for such
cases has elapsed. After harmonizing the program with the petitioners, dates
for the hearing will be announced”, the officer said.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
Living the Pen