In his ruling on the interim injunction on Thursday, Justice Wilson Masalu Musene said that since electoral activities are on-going, the nomination of candidates may continue provided that the Electoral Commission doesn't alter the boundaries.
The High Court in Soroti has lifted an injunction halting the nomination
of candidates in Soroti City.
Last week, the Assistant Soroti High Court Registrar, Godfrey
Ssalaamu issued the injunction in response to an application by five people
contesting the boundaries of Soroti city. They include Michael Enyagu Etadu,
Robert Onanyang, Stephen Erienyu, Patrick Ejulu and Brian Omoding.
The group, in their main application, contested the alteration of
boundaries in Soroti City as stated in the creating instruments of
administrative units by Parliamentary.
In his ruling on the interim injunction on Thursday, Justice
Wilson Masalu Musene said that since electoral activities are on-going, the nomination
of candidates may continue provided that the Electoral Commission doesn't alter the
boundaries. He also noted that the interim injunction on boundaries remains
until the main application, its hearing scheduled for next week is disposed of.
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Leonard Otee, the petitioners’ lawyer says that some people took advantage of
the confusion over boundaries to alter some of the boundaries approved by
Parliament for political gains. He explains that the boundary issue, if not
handled well, might cause violence in Soroti.
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Charles Egimu, the Soroti City Elections Administrator, says the commission
will compensate for the lost days the nomination activities were halted.
In July, Parliament brought forward the operationalization of
Soroti City to the financial year 2020/2021 from 2021/2022.
However since Soroti City was inaugurated on August 10th, several people have
continued to seek clarification from the Ministry of Local Government over the
According to Electoral Commission records, Soroti City East
Division comprises 13 wards of Aloet, Akisim, Central, Pioneer, Kengere,
Moruapesur, Kichinjanji, Madera, Otatai, Opuyo, Achetgwen, Campswahili and
Opiyai wards while Soroti City West 12 wards including Arapai, Amoru,
Nakatunya, Oderai-Majengo, Pamba, Senior Quarters, Agora, Amen A and B, Agama,
Oderai and Orwadai.