Voters in 95 polling stations in Aruu North County in Pader district go to the polls today to elect a member of parliament. The Aruu North seat fell vacant in February following a Court of Appeal ruling that which overturned the election of Independent candidate Lucy Achiro Otim for non-compliance to electoral laws.
According to Ofwono, the only ongoing dialogues are that under the Inter party Organization for Dialogue IPOD and National Consultative Forum. He said by making such claims, Besigye is seeking to remain relevant through publicity.
On February 6th, the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otims election for non-compliance with electoral laws after the Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount requested by NRM party James Nabinson Kidega. Achiro had polled 8,599 votes against Kidegas 8,597, according to results released by Pader district returning officer Joseph Amone.
The seat fell vacant after a February 6th Court of Appeal ruling that nullified the election of Lucy Achiro Otim for non-compliance with electoral laws after Electoral Commission failed to conduct a vote recount. The by election is expected to take place within 60 days after the ruling.
Hours after losing her Aruu North parliamentary seat, Lucy Achiro Otim says she is unsure of contesting again. The Court of Appeal on Monday threw Achiro out of Parliament over non-compliance with electoral laws during the February 18, 2016 elections.
In the book titled Controlling Consent: Ugandas 2016 Elections, the researchers at Centre for Basic Research note that voters free consent in Uganda is controlled among others through electoral governance processes such as making the rules that determine the outcome of elections.
Delay in dispatch of materials and poor voter turn-up have delayed the start of voting in Rubanda district. The newly created district is among the four holding by-elections to fill up vacant positions that became available effective July 1, 2016.
Before it was curved out of Gulu district, Omoro County was the hotspot of election violence characterised by allegations of widespread bribery, ballot stuffing, intimidation, clashes or rival supporters amongst others.
Rachael Mugarura, the programs Manager Broadcast and Multimedia at ACME, observes that it is unfortunate that the presidential candidates failed to take advantage of thousands of their twitter followers.
The High court in Kampala has annulled the election of Nakate on grounds of voter bribery and not complying with electoral laws. Democratic Partys Brenda Nabukenya dragged Nakate and Electoral Commission to court, claiming that the elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.
Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, says only 20 people will be allowed to visit Besigye in a day. The decision was prompted by the high number of people who have been turning up to see the opposition leader.