EC boss Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi

The seat for Member of Parliament for Aruu North County which recently fell vacant after the Court of Appeal threw out former MP Lucy Achiro will be filled next week.

However, one of the candidates, Francis Elton Nyero Lakelle has been disqualified as candidate for position of directly-elected MP for Aruu North County, Pader District.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, Nyero was disqualified after it was reportedly established that he had not complied with the nomination process.

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“The Electoral Commission informs political parties, independent candidates, voters and all other stakeholders in Aruu North County that Mr. Nyero Francis Elton Lakelle has been disqualified as a candidate for the position of Directly-elected Member of Parliament for Aruu North County, Pader District,” reads a statement issued by Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, Chairperson, Electoral Commission.

“This follows a review of the candidate’s nomination, conducted by the Electoral Commission which found that Nyero Francis Elton Lakelle (Independent) had not complied with the law on nomination.

“For avoidance of doubt, the ground for disqualification of Mr. Nyero Francis Elton Lakelle is failure to comply with Sections 11(3) and 13(b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act with regard to non-payment of the nomination fee as prescribed in the law.”

Nyero’s disqualification follows a recent loss in the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections in which he also contested as an Independent.

Elections for the vacant seat are set for 6 April.