The High Court in Soroti on Friday dismissed with costs an election petition filed against the Soroti City East MP Herbert Edmund Ariko.
Moses Attan Okia, through his legal team JByamukama & co advocates, in an August 26 petition indicated that there were glaring malpractices, militarisation of the by-election, and detention of his party agents.
Attan lost to Ariko in the Soroti East By-election that was held on July 28.
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.
The by-election came as a result of the Court of Appeal ruling in May which overturned the victory of Okia over the erroneous annexation of Aloet and Opiyai wards to Soroti City West Division.
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Judgment Attan Moses Okia v Ariko Herbert Edmund Okworo & EC