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ANT Candidate Drags EC To Court Over Nomination of NRM Rival

In his petition filed through his lawyers of Elau & Ochom Advocates and legal consultants at the Gulu High Court on Monday, Kizza contends that the Electoral Commission’s decision to nominate Ojok is in total violation of the Parliamentary act 2002.
Oscar Kizza addressing the press in Gulu City

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Oscar Kizza, the Alliance for National Transformation party candidate for the Omoro County parliamentary seat has dragged the electoral commission to court over the nomination of his National Resistance Movement-NRM party rival, Andrew Ojok Oulanyah. 

In his petition filed through his lawyers of Elau & Ochom Advocates and legal consultants at the Gulu High Court on Monday, Kizza contends that the Electoral Commission’s decision to nominate Ojok is in total violation of the Parliamentary act 2002.

The petition comes just days after the Electoral Commission upheld Ojok’s nomination after Kizza petitioned the commission to disqualify him arguing that his nomination was illegal and irregular.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday morning in Gulu City, Kizza said the person nominated by the Electoral Commission as Andrew Ojok Oulanyah doesn’t match the academic documents provided for nomination.

He said that whereas the candidate was nominated as Ojok Andrew Oulanyah, his A-level academic document indicates Ojok Andrew O.

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Kizza said that he has served the high court in Gulu and wants the matter to be expeditiously handled within the next two days.

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He asked the court to denominate Ojok from the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election and ordered both the commission and Ojok to pay him the costs of the suit.

Maj Gen. (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu, the Alliance for National Transformation-ANT Party President, says all candidates must be equal in the race, saying that such irregularities shouldn’t be accepted before the law. 

He notes that the NRM candidate should have done a deed poll to rectify his name arguing that he did the same while contesting the 2021 Presidential election.

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Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Tuesday that the commission will swiftly respond to the petition once they are served. 

"I need to find out from our legal department if we have been served. There are procedures to follow in regards to this matter and I know our legal team shall respond to it," says Bukenya.

Emmanuel Dombo, the NRM communication Director also notes that they haven't yet received the petition from Kizza. He however notes that the party has a formidable legal team that is capable of handling any legal issues once they formally receive the petition. 

"I advise our opponents that the campaigns are ending today and they should instead run to look for votes, not to court. Courts don't produce votes," he told URN in an interview.

EC nominated six candidates between May 12 and May 13 to vie for the vacant Omoro County Parliamentary seat. The candidates are winding down their campaigns today ahead of the by-election slated for May 26, 2022.

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