Electoral Commission has nullified the nomination of two candidates in Arua Municipality because they are below the required age.
The candidates are Alion Odria who contesting the Arua Hill division LCIII chairperson's seat and Hassan Buga who was eyeing the River Oli Division seat.
On Wednesday, both Odria and Buga were declared successfully nominated to contest for their respective seats. But their celebrations were cut short today when Electoral Commission discovered they were below the required age.
Rose Atima, Arua Electoral Commission returning officer says that that Odria is 28-years-old while Buga is 26 years, which is below the required 30-years-age limit. Atima explains that according to the local government act candidates aspiring for election as LC III, LC V and Mayor's seats must be between 30-75-years of age.
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The decision to cancel the nomination of Buga and Odrion didn't go down well with both candidates. Buga blames the electoral commission for failing to sensitize candidates on the requirements for one to contest the various political seats. He insists that it is unfair to disqualify them from the race yet they have spent a lot of money to canvas for support in the constituency.
Buga insists that he is 30-years of age and is ready to prove it in court.
two candidates lost nomination over age