The Court of Appeal judges, Cheborion Barishaki, Stephen Musota, and Christopher Gashirabake, have upheld the High Court judgment nullifying the election of Forum for Democratic Change’s Moses Attan as the Soroti City East Member of Parliament and ordered the Electoral Commission to conduct by-elections.
The judgment read out on Tuesday by the Court of Appeal Registrar Susan Kanyange on behalf of the Justices indicated that the demarcation of boundaries within the constituency was not properly done.
This follows an appeal filed by Attan challenging the Soroti High Court decision that had ordered him out of Parliament and allowed a by-election in the Soroti City East Constituency following a petition by Herbert Edmund Ariko.
In August last year, the High Court in Soroti nullified the election of Attan on grounds that his election was conducted in non-existent wards of Aloet and Opiyai.
During the January 2021 polls, Attan won the election after obtaining 7,606 votes, Ariko gathered 7,164 votes, Jimmy Ekemu (NRM) got 397 votes, Sarah Inadiu (IND) got 185, James Herbert Elaju (UPC) 99 votes, and Arnold Emachu (NUP) 86 votes.