High court in Soroti has nullified the election of Hellen Adoa as the Serere woman Member of Parliament on grounds of noncompliance with electoral laws.
Former area MP Alice Alaso filed the petition alleging that Adoa committed electoral offenses either personally or through her agents with her knowledge and approval during elections. She also challenged the manner in which the Electoral Commission conducted the elections saying that this, substantially affected the outcome of the polls.
Adoa was accused of distributing sugar, salt and soap across the constituency an act which tantamount to voter bribery. Court also heard that the exercise was characterized by arrests and harassment of the opponent’s campaign agents.
Adoa and her agents were also faulted for using government vehicles with the full knowledge and approval of the Electoral Commission and creating ghost votes numbering to 15,000 during the February polls.
In a judgment delivered by Soroti Chief Magistrate Ruth Nabasa on behalf of Justice David Wangutsi, court declared that the there was evidence of noncompliance with electoral laws by the Electoral Commission and the eventual winner of the race, Hellen Adoa.
Adoa said she will consult her lawyers before announcing her next course of action.
Meanwhile High Court in Soroti has dismissed with costs the petition challenging the election of Anyakun Esther Davinia as the woman Member of Parliament for Nakapiripirit district.
Her political rival Rose Iriama had challenged the outcome of the process citing bribery of voters among other related electoral offenses.
However, a ruling delivered this morning by Soroti Chief Magistrate Ruth Nabasa on behalf of Justice David Wangutsi cleared Anyakun saying that the petitioner did not satisfy court on the validity of the grounds on which the petition was based.