Court Nullifies Election of Alebtong Woman MP


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Justice Night Persy Tuhaise nullified Acens victory in her judgment on an application filed by her rival, Elizabeth Abongo.

High court has nullified the election of Christine Acen Ayoo as Alebtong District Woman Member of Parliament over lack of the requisite academic qualifications.  Justice Night Persy Tuhaise nullified Acen's victory in her judgment on an application filed by her rival, Elizabeth Abongo.

Court found discrepancies in the names on Acen's education documents. While she appears as Acen Christine on some of the documents, she also appears as Achen Christine Ayoo on others. Achen claims to have sat her Primary Leaving Examinations in 1996 from Ambalal Primary School in Lira town where she obtained Aggregate 35.

Justice Tuhaise notes that Acen was ineligible for registration for the Uganda Certificate of Education exams since she failed all the subjects.  She cited Clause 6, 7 & 8 of the corporate file of the Uganda National Examinations Board, which states that a pupil is not qualified to register for the Uganda Certificate of Education exams when he or she obtains Division U or is ungraded. 

During her nomination, Acen presented a UCE certificate from Kabale Trinity College. However, in her ruling, Justice Tuhaise noted that all the subsequent qualifications Acen acquired are null and void because they were founded on invalid Primary Leaving Examinations.
She also noted that Acen indulged herself in acts of forgery and utterance of false documents, given the evidence adduced before court  showing that in 2011,  she presented a UCE certificate from Ikwera girls SS instead of Trinity College.
Justice Tuhaise also observed that Acen failed to defend her certificate in Public Administration and Diploma in Development studies from Nsamizi Institute, which she claims to have received on December 12th 2014. She therefore nullified her election victory and ordered fresh polls. 

Acen was represented by her lawyer, Makmot Kibwanga. He told URN shortly after the judgement that they will appeal the ruling. Her rival, Elizabeth Abongo welcomed the judgement, saying it is victory for the voters. 

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In the February 18th polls, Acen garnered 31,581 votes followed by Abongo in second position with 18,933 votes. Other candidates included Srah Ayoo, Docus Achen and Emily Akullo Omachara