Nebbi LC5 chairperson rejects court-ordered election vote recount. He insists he is the lawful district chairperson of the West Nile district.
A candidate in the Nebbi LC5 elections Esrom Alenyo, says he will not honor the outcome of the recount of votes in the recent general elections.
Alenyo says the court-ordered recount was illegal.
When the elections were first held a month ago, Alenyo was declared the winner of the neck-to-neck race. His opponent from the National Resistance Movement, Robert Okumu, requested court to recount the votes on the basis that the tallying of ballot papers was poorly conducted.
The recount was conducted on Saturday last week and Okumu was declared the winner. Alenyo lost by only 82 votes.
Alenyo says that as far as he is concerned, the post is still his. He says the Electoral Commission gazetted the initial results and his victory stands despite the court order.
Alenyo says he has instructed his lawyers to apply for a court order that will prevent Robert Okumu from calling himself the new Nebbi district chairman.
Okumu says Alenyo is a sore loser. He says he is ready to take over office once the Electoral Commission recognizes the recount and he is sworn into office.
The Nebbi district returning officer, Kenneth Kayepwe, says his supervisors at the Electoral Commission have not yet contacted him over the matter. He says he is proceeding with other election arrangements regardless of the court-ordered recount.
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