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Court Halts Nominations in Soroti City :: Uganda Radionetwork

Court Halts Nominations in Soroti City

In an injunction issued by Assistant Registrar, Godfrey Ssalaamu, nomination of candidates has been halted pending disposal of main application on Soroti City boundaries.
Soroti Lukiko Hall now going to accommodate the city.

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High court has halted the nomination of local government candidates in Soroti City. The Assistant Soroti High Court Registrar, Godfrey Ssalaamu issued the injunction in response to an application by five people contesting the boundaries of Soroti city.

Court has also halted any alterations of Soroti district boundaries in regard to the elevation of Soroti to city status. The applicants are including Michael Enyagu Etadu, Robert Onanyang, Stephen Erienyu, Patrick Ejulu and Brian Omoding.

"An interim order of Injunction does issue restraining the respondent, its agents and/or employees from altering the boundaries of Soroti City as set in the creating instrument and/or the Resolution of Soroti District/City Council until the main Application is heard and disposed of on 29th September 2020 or until further orders of the Court", the document reads in part.

Soon after Soroti was elevated to a city, property owners led by Pascal Amuriat petitioned Parliament seeking clarification on several issues. The landlords said there is need for more time to harmonize boundary disputes. 

However, the petition generated a lot of criticism with some legislators threatening to drag petitioners to court. Several voters boycotted NRM primaries saying they didn’t know where they belong.   This caused postponement of primary elections in the new city. The same issue has affected Electoral Commission nomination activities following another communication from Local Government Minister, Raphael Magezi on the boundaries.

Charles Egimu, the Soroti City Elections Administrator, says they will wait for court's decision before resuming nomination activities.