Moses Attan

The High Court in Soroti has nullified the election of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer Moses Attan Okia as the Member of Parliament for Soroti City East constituency.

Herbert Edmund Ariko, who came second in the January 14 general elections of the constituency, had challenged Attan’s victory.

In his petition, Ariko claimed that there was election malpractice and voter bribery.

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In her ruling, Lady Justice Anne Mugengyi nulled and ordered that fresh elections be conducted in Soroti City East.

Justice Mugenyi added that; “The declaration of the 1st respondent (Attan) as a directly elected Member of Parliament by the 2nd respondent (Electoral Commission) is annulled and a fresh election to be conducted by the 2nd respondent (Electoral Commission).”

Court further awarded costs to the Petitioner, to be payable by both respondents.

The MP seat had attracted six candidates in the race that included; Attan who polled 7,606 votes, Ariko 7,164, Jimmy Ekemu (NRM) 397, Sarah Inachu (Independent) 185, James Herbert Elaju (UPC) 99 and Arnold Emachu (NUP) 86 votes.