On Tuesday, the Electoral Commission in Soroti City nominated Herbert Edmund Ariko, the National Resistance Movement- NRM candidate, and Pascal Amuriat from the Uganda People’s Congress- UPC. This brings to three, the number of candidates nominated for the Soroti East by-election slated for July 28, 2022.
The candidates for the Soroti East Parliamentary by-election
in Soroti city have listed health, education, and land rights as priority areas once they are elected.
On Tuesday, the Electoral Commission in Soroti City
nominated Herbert Edmund Ariko, the National Resistance Movement- NRM candidate, and
Pascal Amuriat from the Uganda People’s Congress- UPC. This brings to three,
the number of candidates nominated for the Soroti East by-election slated for July 28, 2022.
According to Ariko, he will prioritise health and
sanitation in the constituency, which he notes is infested with garbage. He said that as the NRM
candidate, it’s the desire of the party to transform the communities by
offering adequate health services for the development of the city.
Since he was unveiled as the NRM candidate, Ariko has
supported the construction of two health units in Kichinjaji and Aloet wards. He also recieved a boost from the Deputy Speaker of
Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, and the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng
among other government officials who delivered supplies to the facilities over the weekend.
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Pascal Amuriat on the other hand, says that he wants to legislate on land rights, which he notes caused the by-elections. According to Amuriat, the Soroti by-election would have been avoided
had the authorities then heeded their calls.
In 2020, Amuriat led a team of landlords in Soroti to
petition Parliament against the creation of Soroti City citing inadequate knowledge,
sensitization, and readiness for the city status among the local communities. He
also noted that most of the communities including the local leaders didn’t know
the boundaries but the authorities ignored their concerns.
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The Court of Appeal nullified the Soroti East MP polls following a petition by Herbert Edmund Ariko over the
boundaries of Aloet and Opiyai wards. The wards, now in Soroti East Division
were annexed to Soroti West Division by the Soroti High Court in 2020.
Although the Soroti City East Constituency attracted six
candidates in the 2021 general elections, the by-election has attracted only
three candidates. The other candidate is the incumbent and FDC’s Moses Attan Okia who was
nominated on Monday.