Three Nominated in Kaabong Parliamentary Race

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They include Tubo Nakwang Christine- who is contesting as an independent candidate, Rose Lilly Akello- a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party and Judith Adiaka Nalibe- from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC party.

Three candidates have been confirmed to contest for the Kaabong Woman Member of Parliament seat.

They include Tubo  Nakwang Christine- who is contesting as an independent candidate, Rose Lilly Akello- a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party and Judith Adiaka Nalibe- from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party. 

Kaabong District Returning Officer Sarah Iyolu says the three were the only candidates that presented credentials to the Electoral Commission over the last two days. She adds that these, will be briefed by her office before they commence campaigns tomorrow.

The Kaabong parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the high court nullifying the election of Christine Nakwang Tubo who initially contested as the NRM party candidate in the 2016 general election. 

Tubo, who initially won the race with 19,460 votes, was accused of bribing voters in at least six polling stations within Kaabong district. The polling stations were identified as Nikwapicha Village, Nachukulu, Morouetome, Kathile Sub County, Kathile Trading Center and Namamutau.

In his initial ruling, presiding judge Billy Kainamura ruled that Tubo erred in law when she slaughtered a ram for a feast and bought drinks for over 100 voters on the eve of the February 18 parliamentary election. The judge said the act contradicted the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005.

Court also heard that Tubo, distributed cash and other items to her opponent's supporters to persuade them to abandon their candidate and vote for her.

The conviction was based on an affidavit sworn by Adupa Francis, a resident of Kaabong, indicating that he was offered 5000 Shillings and a bottle of beer by Loik Gabriel Fidel, an agent to the ejected legislator, to lure him to mobilize support and vote for her. Adupa says he was promised more money for withdrawing his support from Lily Akello, the other contender in the race.

Other voters who pinned Tubo on bribery included Akol Oscar who told court that he witnessed Tubo's agents identified as Akol Julius and Ariong Lomilo openly distributing salt to bribe voters in Narube village. He equally pinned Fidel for bringing together over 100 people in the village and offered each person 10,000 Shillings to lure them vote for his candidate.

The evidence led to the cancellation of Tubo's victory by both the High Court and Court of Appeal calling for a by-election.

According to the election roadmap for Kaabong By-election, open campaigns will start on August 10 - 25, 2017. The Electoral Commission will display voters registered from August 14-18 ahead of elections to be held on August 28.

There are 158 polling stations currently across the district with 50, 968 registered voters as per 2016 general elections.