Hundreds of posters were placed on wall fences, electricity poles and any visible area across the city prior to the start of Parliamentary nominations on Thursday. But they were all removed or replaced under the cover of darkness.
The battle for space has resulted in
defacing of campaign posters in Gulu City.
Hundreds of posters are plastered on wall fences, electricity poles and any visible
area across the city. However, they are removed or replaced under the cover of
Section 83 (2) of the Parliamentary Election act 2001, states that “Any person
who maliciously defaces or removes or tears, any election poster of any
nominated candidate, commits an offence and is liable, on conviction to a fine
not exceeding thirty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or
Along several streets of Gulu City, hundreds of posters belonging
to Betty Aol Ocan, the incumbent Gulu District Woman MP (FDC) who is now
aspiring for Gulu City MP were defaced and replaced by that of her opponent,
Shaka Nyapolo of the National Resistance Movement- NRM party.
Posters for the incumbent Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech have been
placed on Martin Ojara Mapenduzi's pictures in areas of Kanyagogo Parish,
Kirombe, Lacor and areas of For God. The two are battling for Gulu City West
Division Parliamentary seat.
In Gulu City East Division, Nancy Atimango's posters were replaced by her rival’s
posters. They include Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, John Bosco Uhuru and Rev. Fr.
Charles Onen, all of whom are contesting under the independent ticket.
Atimango, the National Resistance Movement-NRM candidate for the Gulu City East
Division Parliamentary says that rival camps descended on all her posters are
defaced them, an act she says is disturbing and also stifling her financial
resources because she now needs to print new posters.
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Atimango is facing five other candidates for the Gulu City East Division
Parliamentary seat. They include Christopher Okidi (DP), Rev. Fr Charles Onen
(Independent), former Lira RDC Emmanuel Lutukumoi (Independent), rights
activist John Bosco Uhuru (Independent) and Caesar Rubangakene, another
Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament – LOP, also four-time
Gulu District Woman MP says defacing her posters isn't new because she is a threat
against the three other new political entrants for the Gulu City Woman MP
In Amuru, Lucy Akello, the Amuru District Woman MP attributed the
vice to ignorance, lack of harsh punitive measures and low level of civic
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Benson Obete, the EC Registrar for
Gulu District explains that all Parliamentary candidates who printed
out their campaign posters before being duly nominated have done so illegally
which also misleads their supporters.
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The three other rivals include Jolly Laker Okot, the former Director of
Invisible Children contesting on DP; Shaka Nyapolo of the National Resistance
Movement and Rosemary Atimango, a former employee of the Uganda Revenue
Authority – URA (Independent).