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Dokolo North MP, Amoru loses seat

By Hudson Apunyo

Added 9th July 2016 01:45 PM

Court ordered for fresh elections in the Constituency.

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The petitioner, John Baptist Okello Okello and his wife celebrate the election petition victory. Photos/ Hudson Apunyo

Court ordered for fresh elections in the Constituency.

The High Court sitting in Lira has thrown out another National Resistance Movement (NRM) Member of Parliament, Paul Amoru Omiat.  Amoru has been MP for Dokolo North.

Court ordered for fresh elections in the Constituency.

Justice Wilson Musene Musalo declared the seat vacant following successful petition by former Dokolo district chairperson, John Baptist Okello Okello who presented proof that there was voter bribery and noncompliance of the law in the February 18 parliamentary election.

 upporters of ohn osco kello kello celebrate the election petition victory outside court Supporters of John Bosco Okello Okello celebrate the election petition victory outside court

 
Justice Musene ruled that Amoru committed an illegal practice under the Parliamentary Elections Act when on February 14, 2016, he delivered 15 bags of cement as a donation to Apeti Catholic Chapel and immediately campaigned.

Justice Musene also ruled that EC failed to account for 1,070 ballot papers at Alega Catholic Church Polling Station.

He noted that the declaration of results from eight polling stations without signed Declaration of Results Forms was unlawful. Justice Musalo also ordered Amoru to pay the petitioner court costs.

 
Amoru, a former Guild President of Uganda Christian University (UCU) was not in court when the verdict was passed.

He was reported to have gone for the burial of his mother-in-law. Electoral Commission was the second respondent in this case.
 
He joins a list of over a dozen MPs who have been thrown out of Parliament in the last one month over election malpractices and lack of academic papers. 



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