2021 Election Watch

Court annuls Komakech’s victory in Aruu County, orders fresh elections

Former Aruu County MP Odonga Otto (File Photo)

GULU DISTRICT: Gulu high court magistrate Justice Tadeo Asiimwe has annulled Christopher Komakech’s Election victory as Member of Parliament for Aruu County Parliamentary and ordered fresh elections in the constituency.

Asiimwe gave his verdict in his ruling read on Friday morning, two days after the final hearing which happened on Tuesday, August 17th.

Justice Asiimwe’s decision means a fresh election will be held in Aruu County.

A jubilant Odongo Otto who has held the position for the past two terms took to Twitter to celebrate the petition victory counting on the days he was harassed and tortured in prison before and after the election season.

“After going through harassment during campaigns, detaining my car for 90 days, remand to Gulu prison, going to Nairobi hospital after poison; Justice Asiimwe Tadeo nullifies Aruu elections. I see Gods hands through him. I am all in tears,” a joyous Odonga Otto posted on Twitter.

Otto had lost to Independent Christopher Komaketch who won the election with 9796 elections beating competition from six other contestants.

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Otto came second with 6,199 votes followed by National Resistance Movement – NRM’s Hellen Aceng in third place.

The National Unity Platform – NUP’s Charles Ochora scored 300 votes, Forum for Democratic Change – FDC’s Justine Odong garnered 164 votes, Democratic Party – DP’s Okello Denis Godwins garnered 150 votes while Alliance for National Transformation – ANT’s David Livingstone Odong came last with only 70 votes.

Despite the Electoral Commission’s declarations, Odonga Otto who has continuously represented Aruu County since 2001 rushed to court seeking to nullify the election saying it was marred with irregularities.

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