Lucy Achiro Nominated for Aruu North By-elections

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Joseph Omona, the Pader district registrar asked Achiro to secure an affidavit from court to support her documents. Omona said Achiros voter details did not match those on her academic testimonials.

There was celebrations at the nomination Centre in Pader town after Lucy Achiro Otim finally got nominated to run for the Aruu North parliamentary by-elections.
 
Achiro, who was thrown out of parliament last month, had earlier been turned away over disparities in her voting details.
 
Joseph Omona, the Pader district registrar asked Achiro to secure an affidavit from court to support her documents. Omona said Achiro's voter details did not match those on her academic testimonials.
 
This did not go down well with more than 20 supporters who accompanied her to the nomination centre. They camped outside the facility as her campaign manager dashed to court to secure the affidavit.
 
Achiro waited more than an hour in the office of the district registrar as other candidates were nominated. She was eventually nominated at ten minutes after  three O'clock sending her supporters to a thunderous celebration.
 
Court nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otim over non-compliance with electoral laws after a vote recount failed to happen in Aruu North.

Others nominated for the April 6th by-election include NRM's James Kidega Nabinson, Justin Boswell Oryema (Independent), David Ojera (Independent) and Francis Helton Lakele Nyero and Henry Komakech Banya.
 
The nomination closes this evening.  

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.