Two parliamentary candidates for the Omoro MP seat in Gulu district, have embarked on a legal process, seeking a court order for fresh elections in the constituency.
The legal battle stems from the discovery of ticket ballot papers hidden under a desk, at a primary school where the elections took place on Friday.
Simon Tolit, the incumbent MP and FDC candidate, together with Peter Okot, an independent candidate, say they have jointly engaged the legal services of Kilama and Company advocates to seek legal redress citing irreularities in the poll.
The two candidates allege that they suspect the NRM conived with some election officials to replace ballots ticked in their favour with pre-ticked ballots, to ensure Jacob Oulanya won the election.
Tolit said they were shocked when a day after the elections, a group of children who were playing at a primary school, came across ticked ballot papers hidden under one of the desks.
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The two candidates displayed before journalists the ballots ticked in favour of most of the candidates, who contested in the elections except for Oulanya. A total of nine candidates contested in the election, in which Oulanya was declared winner with 11,044 votes, ahead of Tolit who polled 9,088 votes.
Okot wondered how the ballot papers found their way in the desks.
However, David Anyanzo, the Gulu district returging officer, has declined to comment on the allegations. He says the candidates should explain how they got the alleged ballot papers.
Henry Kilama, the lawyer representing the two candidates, says he has sufficient evidence to convince court to nullify the election results and order fresh elections.