Dokolo South Parliamentary Elections Suspended

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In short
The ballot papers had interchanged pictures against the names of two candidates; Daniel Okello and Jasper Okello. The two are independent candidates in a race that attracted seven candidates.

The election of the directly elected Member of Parliament for Dokolo South County in Dokolo district has been suspended over inaccuracies on the ballot paper.

The ballot papers had interchanged pictures against the names of two candidates; Daniel Okello and Jasper Okello. The two are independent candidates in a race that attracted seven candidates.

The other contenders are National Resistance Movement party candidate Felix Okot Ogong, Uganda People's Congress party candidate Denis Ekoch, Forum for Democratic Change party candidate Vincent Opito and independent candidates Edwin Odur and William Eram.

Benjamin Ewal, the district's Electoral Commission Registrar says the process could not continue with such an anomaly. He however adds that voting for the president and the woman Member of Parliament would continue.
 
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Daniel Okello the affected candidate says that the mix-up was deliberate.  Okello questions how his name was printed with a photograph of another candidate.
 
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Jasper Okello, another affected candidate welcomed the suspension decision but faulted the Electoral Commission for the irregularity.

Dokolo South County is a new constituency that was curved out of the former Dokolo County. It has five sub counties including Kwera, Kangai, Okwongodul, Adeknino, and Dokolo town council with a total of 61 polling stations and 34,173 registered voters.