Defeated minister Eriyo and MP Eruaga have petitioned the high court in Arua to nullify Parliamentary election results in Adjumani district over rigging
Two outgoing Members of Parliament have petitioned Arua High Court to nullify the results of the elections that they lost.
Jessica Eriyo the Woman MP for Adjumani and Santos Eruaga the MP for East Moyo claim they lost the elections because they were rigged.
Earlier both MPs filed cases at the Chief Magistrate’s Court to request a recount of the February 18th elections. The request was denied because of insufficient evidence to conduct it.
With the help of their lawyer Bwambale Musede the legislators have now asked Arua High Court to overturn the election victory of their opponents Moses Ali and Jessica Ababiku. They want the Moyo returning officer Peter Todu charged with participating in the electoral malpractice.
However, with victory both at the polls and at the magistrate’s court on his side, Eruaga’s opponent, Moses Ali, has also gone to court. He wants court to force Eruaga to pay him 25 million shillings awarded as damages for the failed recount petition.
Ali says that before proceeding with the new case, Santos Eruaga is required to clear all corut debts.
Jessica Eriyo, who also serves as State Minister for the Environment, says her petition is based on the fact that the Moyo Chief Magistrate’s Court didn’t give her recount request due consideration. She says the chief magistrate, Muhammad Kasaijja refused to consider the matter because her opponent had already been gazzetted the new woman MP.