Court upholds Erute MP Angiro victory


Angiro [R[] and his lawyer Kibwanaga

The High Court in Lira has dismissed with costs an election petition, which was filed by former parliamentary candidate Geoffrey Omara Adigi challenging the election of Charles Angiro Gutmoi as the validly elected Member of Parliament for Erute North constituency, Lira district.

The presiding judge Hon Justice Wilson Musene Masalu in his verdict delivered on Monday morning at 10:00am said the election of Angiro Gutmoi which was conducted on the 18th February 2016  in Erute County was true, in accordance with all the election laws and that the results reflects the will and wish of people of Erute North.

The petitioner Geoffrey Omara was seeking nullification of Angiro as MP of Erute North constituency over non-compliance of laws and that the publication of 15th April 2016 in the Uganda gazette confirmed him as the winner.

Omara also claimed that he had more votes than Angiro who was declared winner of the February 18 poll.

Court, however, found that this was just a typographical error which and corrected it.

According to the published gazette, Angiro was recorded to have obtained 13,334 votes while Omara got 13, 506 votes.

Charles Egimu, the Lira district returning officer, testified before court that the error was corrected subsequently.

Justice Musene Masalu says he carefully studied the pleadings and submissions by both parties and found that it would be unfair to blame Angiro and electoral commission for failure of the petitioner’s agents to sign deceleration of results forms as claimed in the petition.

Court also found that after the elections, the petitioner went to local media houses to concede defeat.

The Judge noted that there is no warrant to court to set aside the elections in Erute North before dismissing the petition with costs to the petitioner.

Speaking to The Insider, Angiro’s counsel, Adam Makmot Kibwanaga, said he is happy with the ruling because the real truth has come out and that since the case has been disposed of people should reconcile and unite for development.


Angiro’s counsel Kibwanaga

Angiro Gutmoi welcomed the ruling saying it upholds both his integrity and the electorates of Erute County north.

This brings to two the total number of petitions, which the Lira High Court has so far disposed of out of the nine that were filled.

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