Emmanuel Napuso Keem, the People's Progressive Party, PPP candidate in the Kotido Municipality MP race has withdrawn from the polls.
Keem cited voter intimidation as one of the reasons for his withdrawal. He says the political situation has been commercialized making it a risky venture.
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Keem's withdrawal now leaves the race with three candidates. They include NRM flag bearer Peter Abrahams Lokii, FDC's Moses Oriono Okot Mabemo and independent candidate, Jean Mark Aporu. It also comes at the time when NRM officials attempted to convince Aporu to step down in favour of Lokii.
Keem says that he will now support Lokii.
Attempts for a comment from Stella Koryang Modo, the District Registrar Kotido went futile as she failed to respond to repeated phone calls.
Kotido and other six municipalities that became operational in 2017 will be going to the polls on Friday.
However, Kotido being an electoral area dominated by NRM, it takes more courage and resilience for opposition candidates to sail through.