The contention forced residents led by Michael Enyangu Etadu, Robert Onanyang, Stephen Erienyu, Patrick Ejelu and Brian Omoding to seek legal redress after it emerged that some politicians had intentionally altered the boundaries to serve their political interests.
Julius Arugu, the Project Officer at Public Affairs Centre- PAC Uganda, says he is not seeing the scientific elections working, and wonders how the majority of people especially in the villages will be able to make informed decisions when they don’t have access to internet, electricity, computers, radio stations or Televisions that should relay information from candidates.
Addressing a press conference at Eneku Village in Soroti City on Tuesday morning, Amuriat said much as police fought them throughout the day, people turned up in big numbers, something he notes was a strong message of tolerance and love for the party.
Amuriat made the appeal from Soroti, where he launched his presidential campaign on Monday, a day characterised by running battles between security and supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.
As early as 5:30am, security heads of Police and the army in Soroti started briefing their personnel at the venue. By 7:00am, the security personnel were already conducting foot patrols in all major suburbs of Soroti City. They have limited access to Central Avenue Road and lined up personnel along the Soroti Main Streets and other major roads in the city.
Immediately after Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission declared Amuriat, a duly nominated candidate, FDC officials and supporters in Soroti took to the streets chanting his name. They were joined by other supporters who included Boda- Boda cyclists.
On Monday, when Electoral Commission started nominations of Local Government leaders, the exercise delayed due to uncertainties in the electoral areas. Most of the candidates didn’t know where they belong and had to seek guidance from the Commission staff before submitting in their nomination forms.
Before resuming public transport, authorities in Soroti met with transporters and guided them on the SOPs. In their resolutions, all the buses and taxis were to park strictly in their respective parks located along old Mbale Road.
Some of the vehicles intercepted include for Serere County aspirant, Phillip Oucor, Dakebela County Aspirant, Vincent Enomu, Soroti East Municipality Aspirant, Jimmy Ekemu and Soroti City Woman MP aspirant, Emily Amulo.