Ariko has been elected the Soroti East Member of Parliament. Ariko who contested on the National Resistance
Movement-NRM party ticket defeated his closest rival Moses Attan Okia.
9,407 votes against Attan’s 8,771 votes. The Uganda Peoples’ Congress-UPC candidate,
Pascal Amuriat got 115 votes.
Ariko was declared the winner at 10 pm by the Soroti City Returning Officer,
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the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Attan after Ariko contested the
results on grounds that his strongholds; Aloet and Opiyai wards were
erroneously annexed to the Soroti West, which he noted disfranchised more than
The polls were characterized by violence and reports of ballot stuffing, especially
at Omalera, Otatai and Owolo Polling Stations.
Voting was also halted for more than two hours in Omalera B and Owalei Polling Stations after
residents protested the exercise over ballot stuffing.
In Omalera B Polling Station, where 42 voters had cast their votes, the agents
and electoral officers discovered more than 200 ballot papers stuffed in the
ballot box in favour of the NRM candidate Herbert Edmund Ariko.
Justice Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson asked the Police
to investigate the cases of violence that were reported at various polling
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Constituency has 63 polling stations spread over 13 wards.