Two aspirants for the Bukedea Woman MP seat have been blocked by the
Electoral Commission over academic qualifications and
The duo includes Helen Akol Odeke, the candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, and Merab Amongin,
an independent candidate. Akol's troubles stem from reports that her husbands name-Odeke also appears on her academic credentials, raising suspicion that the papers may be fake. The matter is still before the court.
Amongin, on the other hand, was sentenced to two years and
nine months in prison on August 3, by the Grade One Magistrate, Patrick
Talifuna on two counts of selling unauthorized drugs and operating a
drug shop without a license. She appealed against the sentence and secured bail
after missing NRM primaries.
Bukedea District Registrar Raymond Kisarale says his
office cannot nominate the two aspirants before the matters are resolved by the courts. Ugandan law bars convicts from contesting for any public office.
But Akol protested the decision by the registrar, citing
foul play in the exercise, and points to the incumbent MP Anita Among for orchestrating the frustration, ad humiliation Women aspirants in Bukedea are facing.
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Bukedea District Electoral Commission office nominated ten
candidates for different constituencies in the district. They include, among others Anita Among and her challenger, Sophie Akol, an independent candidate. The others nominated on Thursday include Patrick Opolot
Isiagi, the incumbent MP of Kachumbala County, John Bosco Okojo, the incumbent
Bukedea County MP, George Stephen Ekuma, Peterson Omoding, Stephen Ekoom, Abubakar
Obilan and Henry Aleko.
Meanwhile, Silver Ariku, the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate
for Ngora County was barred from nomination on Thursday, because he had
not prebooked the date with the Electoral Commission.
But according to Ariku, all the two days the EC has set for nomination should not be subjected to an appointment. He says this could be a ploy to deny him nomination because he has all the credentials needed from any candidate by EC.
Meanwhile, in Katakwi, Violet Akurut was nominated to defend her seat hours after residual NRM primaries in which she edged out former Minister Jessica Alupo Epel.
Alupo had been controversially
declared the winner of September 4, NRM primaries prompting Akurut to petition
the NRM EC citing vote-rigging, alteration of declaration forms and withholding
of her results in the Okore sub-county. But the NRM Tribunal last week
resolved that the election was marred with irregularities and subsequently cancelled the outcome.
Also nominated on Thursday is State Minister for Information Technology Peter Ogwang, who is switching to the newly created Ngariam county, which was carved out of Usuk, State Minister of Fisheries
Hellen Ado, for the Serere district MP seat, Elijah Okupa and who is also switching from Kasilo to the newly created Pingire County.
For the Soroti District Woman
Member of Parliament race, three candidates which include the incumbent
Angeline Osege Asio (Independent), Anna Adeke Ebaju (FDC) and Jesca Leah Amigo
of NRM were nominated, while Esiangu Kenneth Eitunganan
(Independent), John Robert Oiko (Independent) and Tom Julius Ekudo (FDC) were
also nominated to contest for the Gweri
County Parliamentary seat.
In Dakabela County, the
incumbent Cosmas Elotu of NRM and Jonathan Erau of FDC party were nominated to face off in the general election, while in Ngora, those nominated include Dr Abraham Isamat, David Okurut and Ben Eumu for
Kapir County, Jacklin
Amongin for the Ngora Woman MP seat, Juliet Acayo and Dr Francis Epetait for Ngora County. The others were Stella Apolot Isodo, and David Abala.