The National Unity Platform has come out to express their support for FDC candidate Moses Attan Okia in the upcoming Soroti East By-election.
The party through their Twitter page revealed that they have decided not to field a candidate and in turn back the FDC candidate.
NUP further says that although they had good candidates in Soroti, they have decided to take this move in the interest of the broader forces of change. They believe that Hon Attan won the election that was interrupted by a court decision. FDC a few days ago nominated Attan as the sole candidate for the seat.
NUP pledged to support him and rally the people of Soroti to send him back to Parliament.
It should be recalled that Court last month canceled Attan’s tenure in Parliament after a voter challenged his victory. This is after two wards consisting of over 4500 voters were annexed prior to the election to Soroti West. This left voters confused and some didn’t vote
“On May 24th, 2022, the Court of Appeal declared the Soroti East MP seat vacant on grounds that the Electoral Commission failed to conduct free and fair elections. The judgment stemmed from an appeal by a voter challenging the annexation and transfer of Opiyai and Aloet wards from Soroti East to Soroti West after the nomination of the candidates, which disfranchised and denied over 4,560 voters the right to exercise their constitutional right to vote for the leader of their choice.”
“Court further pronounced that at the time of voter verification, the people of Opiyai and Aloet wards were verified and confirmed to fall under Soroti East thus the sudden change left voters at a loss and confused as to where they belong and whom to vote for as they were presented with ballot papers of strange candidates than the ones they expected to see and were known to them.” The Independent newspaper wrote in regards to this issue.
The Electoral Commission has already released a roadmap for this By-election. According to the roadmap, the nomination of candidates will take place on July 18th and 19th followed by campaigns between July 21st and 26 while polling will take place on July 28th, 2022.