The former Soroti City East contender Pascal Amuriat has told court that he won July 28, 2022 by-elections.
Amuriat who is one of the witnesses in the ongoing Soroti City East Election Petition filed by Moses Okia Attan against Herbert Edmund Ariko while being cross examined said that if Soroti City East Polls were held in accordance with the electoral laws he was going to emerge winner.
Moses Attan Okia, through his lawyer J Byamukama of JB & co advocates, in an August 26 petition indicated that there were glaring malpractices, militarization of the by-election, and detention of his party agents.
Ms Christine Eyuu, the returning officer for Soroti City, who is also a respondent in the petition, on July 28, declared Mr Herbert Edmund Ariko of National Resistance Movement party as MP-elect for Soroti East Division having garnered 9,407 votes against Mr Attan’s 8,771. Mr Pascal Amuriat of Uganda Peoples Congress came a distant third with 115 votes.
Other witnesses who testified in Court including; Samuel Oyoo, Pascal Amuriat, Lokori and Petitioner Moses Okia Attan told court the elections of Soroti City East were marred with irregularities.
Attan on his part said that, whereas he wasn’t present in all polling stations, he received information from those he had deployed that exercise was not free and fair.
Further added that the outcome of the polls was affected by the irregularities.
He also asked the court to nullify results of close to 2000 votes that he said affected the outcome of the polls.
Attan, who was elected MP for Soroti East Division in 2021, was thrown out of Parliament by the Court of Appeal in May on grounds that his election was conducted within unspecified boundaries.
Court has set January 20, 2023 as Judgement day