Resistance Movement-NRM party Election’s Tribunal has overturned the election
of the former Karenga Resident District Commissioner, Augustine Modo as the
official NRM candidate for Dodoth North parliamentary elections. The decision
stems from an application filed by his rival, Joseph Komol Midi, the former
Kaabong LC 5 Chairperson citing flawed primary elections.
In its ruling, the tribunal said there was 'overwhelming
evidence' of election malpractices including alteration of results on the
declaration forms contrary to democratic principles. The tribunal found
Modo who was declared the winner of the September 19 primaries influenced the
election as well as its outcome by’ bribing the elections officials’ to falsify
results in his favour.
Speaking shortly after the tribunal ruling, Modo said he was
satisfied with the hearing as well as the outcome and promised to support Komol as a senior NRM cadre.
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Modo had been declared winner having garnered 9, 155 votes against Komol’s 7,
The tribunal also dismissed with costs a petition by Dr.
Paul Lochap contesting the results from the Jie county parliamentary polls.
The panel ruled the petitioner had failed to
prove that ineligible voters participated in the exercise.
Dr. Lochap had alleged that 9, 000 voters who were not on
the NRM registers for Jie Constituency participated in the election, which
played in favour of his rival, Peter Abrahams Lokii.
Lokii was announced winner
having polled 23, 054 votes against Dr. Lochap’s 20, 810 votes.
Speaking on Thursday afternoon shortly after the tribunal delivered its verdict,
Dr. Lochap said he wasn’t aware of ruling and promised to share with our
reporter once he is furnished with details.
“I am in Kotido and have not yet received any information.
However, am in touch with relevant authorities and I hope I will be furnished
with details, which I will share with you," he said when contacted on
phone. But his rival Lokii said there were no merits in the petition
challenging his victory.
Dr. Lochap had alleged that the number of voters who participated in the voting
exercise was higher than that on the NRM register for the constituency. However,
Lokii argues that the petition contradicted a directive of the party Chairman
who guided that all people 18 and above but residents and willing to vote
should exercise their political right.
"His petition failed to
stand. He couldn’t even prove to the tribunal that he was not a beneficiary of
the 9, 000 voters he claimed were not on the voter’s register," said Lokii
on phone. Adding that, "Am proceeding to
nominate as the official candidate. He thought he could rob my victory. I stood
with him and beat him way back in 2011 when he was the FDC flag bearer so he is
no stranger to me.”