Former Aruu county member of parliament Odonga Otto must be smiling ear to ear after high Court sitting in Gulu annulled Aruu County Parliamentary election results kicking incumbent Member of Parliament Christopher Komaketch out.
The ruling was issued by Justice Tadeo Asiimwe on Friday morning, two days after the final hearing which happened on Tuesday, August 17th.
Odonga Otto who had resorted to selling eggs on the streets could not hide his excitement as he rushed to Twitter to thank God for his answered prayers.
“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 God’s hands through him. I am all in tears,” Odonga Otto said on Twitter.
Otto had lost to Independent Christopher Komaketch who won the election with 9796 elections beating competition from six other contestants.
Otto who was running on the ticket of Uganda Economic Party came second with 6,199 votes followed by National Resistance Movement – NRM’s Hellen Aceng in third place.
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.
Justice Asiimwe’s decision means a fresh election will be held in Aruu County.