On February 6th, the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otims election for non-compliance with electoral laws after the Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount requested by NRM party James Nabinson Kidega. Achiro had polled 8,599 votes against Kidegas 8,597, according to results released by Pader district returning officer Joseph Amone.
Police have been deployed to provide a ring of security around the facility. By the time of filing this report, the first candidate was yet to be nominated due to delays related to payment of nomination fees.
Joseph Omona, the Pader district registrar says several aspirants were rescheduling their nomination bookings citing failure to pay their nomination fees due to the International Women's Day public holiday yesterday.
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Ten aspirants picked nomination papers for the seat that fell vacant in January following a Court of Appeal ruling that upheld an aerlier ruling by the High Court which overturned the election of independent candidate Lucy Achiro Otim.
On February 6th, the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otim's election for non-compliance with electoral laws after the Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount requested by NRM party James Nabinson Kidega.
Kidega who lost to Achiro by two votes petitioned court for a recount. Achiro had polled 8,599 votes against Kidega's 8,597, according to results released by Pader district returning officer Joseph Omona.
Joseph Omona, the Pader district electoral commission registrar identified three aspirants running under political party tickets as Nabinson James Kidega (NRM), Vincent Okot Obutu (DP) and Bernard Onen Okeny (FDC).
The other six are running as independent aspirants. They are David Ojera Robert Obina Komakech, Benrad Obina Ologi, Justin Boswell Oryema, Lucy Achiro Otim, Henry Komakech and Francis Helton Nyeko Lakile.
Amone says he is yet to confirm interests by some aspirants to step aside in favour of others that have been indicated in phone calls to him.
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Lucy Achiro Otim says she will come for nomination on Friday at 11am but would confirm her affiliation later.
Uganda Radio Network understands that there has been negotiations with FDC to have Bernard Onen Okeny step down in favour of Achiro. Okeny could not be reached for comment.
Aruu North constituency comprises of the sub counties of Angagura, Laguti, Acholibur, Latanya, Atanga, Lapul and Pajule.
Major issues likely to inform the campaigns include health challenges related to persisting nodding syndrome in some sub counties, controversial cattle restocking in Aswa ranch, poor performance in education and low agricultural production amongst others.