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Local Government Minister Clears Soroti City Boundary Contention

On Monday, when Electoral Commission started nominations of Local Government leaders, the exercise delayed due to uncertainties in the electoral areas. Most of the candidates didn’t know where they belong and had to seek guidance from the Commission staff before submitting in their nomination forms.
Moses Otimong, Soroti City Acting Clerk.

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Local Government Minister, Raphael Magyezi has written again to Soroti City authorities to clear confusion on its boundaries that have remained a centre of contention, since its inauguration in August.

In a recent District Council Meeting, councillors noted that the issue of boundaries had not been given adequate time to help both the leaders and the community appreciate the changes.  This forced the minister to address the council virtually, on phone, to the annoyance of some of the leaders.

He was, however, asked by the Soroti District Speaker, Stephen Olebe to write to the authorities in order the clear the misunderstandings.

On Monday, when the Electoral Commission started nominations of Local Government leaders, the exercise delayed due to uncertainties in the electoral areas. Most of the candidates didn’t know where they belong and had to seek guidance from the Commission staff before submitting in their nomination forms.

According to the district returning officerCharles Egimu, some of the aspirants didn’t collect signatures from other electoral areas, which he notes were a requirement. He added that the new communication from the Minister indicates that Soroti City East Division has 13 wards including Aloet, Akisim, Central, Pioneer, Kengere, Moruapesur, Kichinjanji, Madera, Otatai, Opuyo, Achetgwen, Campswahili and Opiyai wards.

Soroti City West on the other side has 12 wards of Arapai, Amoru, Nakatunya, Oderai-Majengo, Pamba, Senior Quarters, Agora, Amen A and B, Agama, Oderai and Orwadai. Egimu explained that some of the wards have been merged for purposes of representation, especially for the women councillors.

In Soroti City East Division Akisim, Central and Pioneer will have one woman representative in the council while Achetgwen and Opiyai have also been merged. In Soroti City West, Arapai and Amoru have been merged, Nakatunya and Oderai- Majengo and, Pamba and Senior Quarters.

Paul Omer, the interim City Mayor says that the boundary confusion has been caused by some local leaders that he notes are self-centred. He adds that some of the politicians were hatching plans to alter the boundaries basing on their political strength but urged the electorate to remain calm and accept the boundaries. 

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Moses Otimong, the Soroti City Clerk says there are plans to continue with sensitization drives especially in the newly carved areas to appreciate the changes.