Moroto County Vote Recount Suspended

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Masaba yesterday morning authorized a recount after Alebtong District Registrar Christine Eyuu, told court that she was intimidated into declaring independent candidate Sam Okwir Odwee, as the winner in the race that attracted seven candidates.

Lira district chief magistrate's court has halted a vote recount for Moroto County parliamentary seat pending a decision from the Lira High Court.

Lira Chief Magistrate Alex Masaba Karecho says the suspension followed an interim order from the high court staying the execution of his earlier decision.  

Masaba yesterday morning authorized a recount after Alebtong District Registrar Christine Eyuu, told court that she was intimidated into declaring independent candidate Sam Okwir Odwee, as the winner in the race that attracted seven candidates.

Eyuu added that as a result, she omitted results from 22 polling stations.

State Minister for Northern Uganda Rebecca Amuge Otengo, one of the contenders in the race, applied for a recount arguing that results from the 22 polling stations from the sub counties of Akura, Abia, Aloi and Apala that were never added onto the final tally could change the outcome of the polls.

However, the recount has been suspended after Sam Okwir Odwee secured a high court order stopping the process. The high court faulted the magistrates court for sanctioning a recount in a case where the difference in votes was more than 50.

Section 54 of the parliamentary elections Act 2005 provides for a mandatory recount when two or more candidates are separated by less than 50 votes. In this case, the candidates are separated by 2,202 votes.

Results released by the Electoral Commission indicate that Okwir, an independent candidate secured 15,087 votes against Otengo's 12,885 votes.

Otengo says she scored overwhelmingly against the eventual winner in the polling stations that were omitted.

The other contenders in the race were incumbent MP Benson Obua Ogwal, Tom Nedi Lawrence, Paul Ogwal Olule, Isaac Oledo and Bobson Ojede, all independent candidates.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.