Court Orders Vote Recount in Busia Gubernatorial Petition

Court Orders Vote Recount in Busia Gubernatorial Petition

The High Court has ordered a vote recount in a petition filed  Nambale Member of Parliament (MP) John Sakwa Bunyasi challenging the election of Dr Paul Otuoma as the Busia Governor.

The former Nambale MP petitioned the court to authorise the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to scrutinise and recount votes in all polling stations.

However, Justice David Kigen on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, ordered that the scrutiny of the election materials including ballot boxes be conducted in nine polling stations and not all like Bunyasi wanted.

The court ordered a vote recount in nine polling stations include; Bumutiru RC, Elugulu trading centre, Esiunga, Elugulu, Namahindi, Bumulimba, Odiado and Busia township primary schools polling stations.

In the petition, Bunyasi asked the court to order the scrutiny, recount and nullification of the Busia gubernatorial election results, citing alleged massive rigging.

Bunyasi, who contested the Busia gubernatorial election on Amani National Congress (ANC) ticket, managed 92,144 votes against Otuoma’s 164,478 votes.

Otuoma a former Local Authorities minister was elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

Bunyasi in his petition claimed that there were irregularities including ballot box stuffing.