Gulu Woman MP Candidate Demands for Vote Recount

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Christine Atimango, the DP candidate for Gulu woman MP has petitioned the Electoral Commission, seeking for a vote recount. Atimango claims that ballots in rural areas were counted at night, making it difficult for her agents to verify the figures. She argues that at Paidongo and Paibona polling stations, ballots cast in her favor were considered invalid, whereas they were valid. Atimango also cliams that her agents were also denied declaration forms at some stations. Meanwhile, David Anyanzo, the returning officer, has said that the recount could only take place after a court order. According to the results from 289 polling stations, Atimango polled 14,210 votes. She was beaten by Betty Aol Ochan, he FDC candidate and incumbent Woman MP of Gulu district. Aol got 38,964 votes to secure her return to the next parliament. The results also indicate that Grace Atim, the NRM candidate got 1,373 votes, while Auma Grace, of UPC obtained 6,826. Betty Kibwota, the independent candidate, trailed with 3,921 votes. Aol's win means the FDC party has maintained a steady grip on Gulu after Christopher Acire of the FDC was also announced winner for the Gulu municipality MP seat. Meanwhile, in Omoro County, Jacob Oulanya, the NRM candidate has been announced winner dethroning Simon Tolit, the incumbent and FDC candidate in a race that attracted 9 contestants. Tolit polled 8,803 votes, while Oulanya managed to get 10,864 votes. Tolit who was present during the announcement of the results, quietly slipped out of the room, followed by a handful of his supporters who had accompanied him.