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FDC's Alaso drags rival to court

By John Masaba

Added 7th April 2016 11:51 PM

Hellen Adoa won with a big range of 16,111 votes

FDC's Alaso drags rival to court

Alice Alaso lost the Serere woman MP seat by a huge margin.

Hellen Adoa won with a big range of 16,111 votes

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) deputy president Eastern, Alice Alaso has gone to court seeking fresh election for the Serere district woman parliamentary seat.  

Alaso lost the seat to longtime rival, Hellen Adoa, in a fiercely contested battle by 48,762 votes to 32,651 votes.

However, through her lawyers, M/S Tugwako Co. Advocates Alaso wants court to quash Adoa's victory arguing the election was marred by malpractices.

In the petition backed by the affidavits of Calvin Ewalu of Agora village in Bugondo sub-county and Martin Okoboi from Kateta sub-county, Serere district, Alaso says her rival bribed her way to victory.

Adoa, a prominent Teso businesswoman and proprietor of Hacyon High School in Soroti, ran against Alaso in 2011 elections and lost but returned stronger in the February 18 polls.  

Serere district returning officer, Atim Awori, declared Adoa the winner with a big range of 16,111 votes.

According to the Judiciary, over 20 petitions have been filed in regard to the February parliamentary polls.  

Some of the key figures whose victories are being challenged include businessman Peter Sematimba (Busiro South), deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya (Omoro county), Hanifa Kawooya (Sembabule Women MP seat) among others.  

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