Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The High Court in Gulu has dismissed an election petition filed against Nancy Acora, the Lamwo District Woman Member of Parliament.
Acora, an Independent candidate was declared winner of the elections after polling 17,064 votes against her rival Molly Lanyero’s with 12,062 votes in the 14th January 2021 parliamentary elections.
However, Lanyero, an NRM party candidate who was the incumbent challenged the victory.
Lanyero cited that the election was marred with irregularities including voter bribery, intimidation of voters, rigging, violence which she says was perpetrated by her rival, and influence meddling by the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Nabinson Kidega and Lamwo County MP Hilary Onek.
Lanyero asked the court to overturn Acora’s victory and task the Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election.
On Monday, while reading the ruling, Npalo Nasulu Hussein, the Deputy Registrar Gulu High Court said that Lanyero’s petition lacked enough evidence.
He added that the loser is free to appeal the ruling within two weeks after the court decision.
Lanyero’s lawyer Justus Karuhanga expressed unhappiness with the ruling and said that they will appeal against the ruling.
The Lamwo district woman parliamentary race attracted six candidates who included; Lamunu Nancy (Independent), Nyeko Jones Jennifer (Alliance for National Transformation), Lanyero Sarah Ochieng (Independent), Labote Faith Balmoi (Independent).