Aruu North By-election Set for April 6

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In short
The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld a high court ruling nullifying the election of MP Lucy Aciro Otim as the area legislator.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set April 6, 2017 as polling day for the Member of Parliament for Aruu North County in Pader district. The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling nullifying the election of Lucy Aciro Otim as the area legislator.

The ruling was based on a petition filed by National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate Nabinson Kidega citing indulgence in electoral malpractice in the February 2016 parliamentary election. Aciro had won the race with 8,599 votes in the defeating Kidega who polled 8,597, a difference of two votes.

EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama says the Electoral Commission has budgeted 502 million Shillings for the by-election which will be preceded by the nomination of candidates to be held on Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10, 2017.
He was addressing journalists at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Kampala.
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The roadmap for the by-election starts with the update of voters register to be held between Wednesday February 22 and Monday February 27, 2017, the display of the voters register and a stakeholders meeting to be held on Friday February 24 2017 at Pader district headquarters. Aruu North County has a total of 41,301 registered voters and 95 polling stations.

According to Justice Byabakama, the meeting will bring together district leaders, political parties, civil society organizations, security officials and religious leaders among others.
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Byabakama urged voters in the constituency to check for the correctness of their particulars at the appointed dates and also confirm that photographs appear against correct particulars. He also urged voters to report to the display officer the dead, non-citizens, under-aged and those who belong to another parish so that they are removed from the register.
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Byabakama advised aspiring candidates and stakeholders to acquaint themselves with the relevant laws to appreciate their respective roles and responsibilities before, during and after the by-election.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.