FDC In Early Campaigns For Aruu North Seat

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In short
The seat fell vacant after a February 6th Court of Appeal ruling that nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otim for non-compliance with electoral laws after Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount. The by election is expected to take place within 60 days after the ruling.

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party parliamentary candidate for Aruu North County in Pader district has begun early campaigns ahead of the by-elections whose date is yet to be fixed.
  
Bernard Onen Okeny Alias Akamba finished in third position in the February 18, 2016 elections with 4,428 votes.
  
The seat fell vacant after a February 6th Court of Appeal ruling that nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otim for non-compliance with electoral laws after Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount. The by election is expected to take place within 60 days after the ruling.
  
James Kidega Nabinson, the NRM party candidate, who lost to Achiro by two votes, petitioned court for a recount. Achiro, an Independent candidate, had polled 8,599 votes against Kidega's 8,597, according to results released by Pader district returning officer Joseph Amone.
  
Onen says he embarked on early campaigns to conduct adequate civic education and consultations ahead of official campaigns. Onen says his ambition is to prevent a repeat of the irregularities that led to nullification of the results.
 
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According to Onen, he is using his early campaigns to sensitise the electorates on how the current debate on land in Parliament affects them. Other issues which he says are important include restocking of Aswa Ranch, treatment and care of children suffering from the nodding syndrome, and post-conflict recovery. 
  
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While Achiro is yet undecided to contest the by - election, Nabinson Kidega, the NRM candidate says he is well prepared to tussle it out with his former political foes. He said he is not worried to face any candidate no matter how early they start canvassing for votes.
  
Wilson Oyat Chagga, the FDC spokesperson in Acholi sub region says the entire party apparatus in the sub region will pitch camp in Aruu North to claim victory for Onen.
 
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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.