On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court judgment nullifying the election of Moses Attan as the Soroti City East Member of Parliament. The Court of Appeal Judges Cheborion Barishaki, Stephen Musota, and Christopher Gashirabake also ordered Electoral Commission to conduct by-elections for Soroti City East.
candidates who contested in the Soroti City East Member of Parliament race are gearing up for
On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court judgment nullifying the
election of Moses Attan as the Soroti City East Member of Parliament. The Court of Appeal Judges Cheborion
Barishaki, Stephen Musota, and Christopher Gashirabake also ordered Electoral
Commission to conduct by-elections for Soroti City East.
the judgment read out by the Court of Appeal Registrar Susan Kanyange
on behalf of the Justices, the demarcation of boundaries within
the constituency was not properly done.
In 2021, the
Soroti City East Division attracted six candidates. They were Attan of FDC who
won with 7,606 votes, Herbert Edmund Ariko Okworo, an independent who garnered 7,167,
and Jimmy Ekemu of NRM with 397 votes. The others were Sarah Oliver Inachu, an
independent with 185 votes, James Herbert Yoweri Elaju of UPC with 99 votes, and
Arnold Emachu of NUP with 86 votes.
The judgment was received with excitement by the former candidates who said
that they will contest in the by-elections that are yet to be fixed.
Inachu, who was the only female candidate in the race said she is prepared for
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that the by-election could be an opportunity for him to go to parliament.
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voters in Soroti City East have welcomed the ruling with mixed reactions.
one of the voters says she is ready to vote for a candidate of her choice. She
also demanded a free and fair election.
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Aseu, another voter says that the by-election will disrupt residents who have
just settled for work.
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When contacted, Attan said that he is ready for the polls. “The electorate
had given me the mandate to represent them but some people want to take it
away, I will come back to the voters and they will decide”, he said on phone.
judgment arose from an appeal filed by Attan challenging the Soroti High Court
decision that had ordered him out of Parliament and allowed a by-election in
Soroti City East Constituency following a petition by Herbert Edmund Ariko.
Last year, Soroti High Court Judge Anne Mugenyi
nullified the victory of Attan on grounds that his election was conducted in
non-existent wards of Aloet and Opiyai which disenfranchised the rights of over