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EC Clears Nomination of Blocked Aspirant in Kongasis County

According to the Electoral Commission, the name on the aspirant's academic documents did not correspond with that on the National Identity Card, yet he did not present a deed poll to align the discrepancies.
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The Electoral Commission has rescinded a decision to block the nomination of  Cherop Charlie Cheptoik Chassie to contest for the Kongasis County Parliamentary seat. His nomination had been blocked because of discrepancies in his name.

According to the Electoral Commission, the name on the aspirant's academic documents did not correspond with that on the National Identity Card, yet he did not present a deed poll to align the discrepancies.

However, he filed a petition challenging the decision by Bukwo District Returning Officer Joseph Tumwuijukye. In his defence, Cherop indicated that his academic documents were legitimate and that he should not be denied his democratic right to contest for any leadership position.   

After a review of the petition, the Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama had now directed that the candidate should be nominated. “The Commission... reversed The returning officer’s decision in declining to nominate you and resolved to have you nominated for the general Parliamentary Elections in Kongasis County, Bukwo District.

Cherop will now join Paul Chelimo Reuben, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Kongasis County and Nelson Sabila in the Parliamentary race.    

Tumwijukye told our reporter that he is yet to get any official communication from head office to that effect.  “I have not heard any official communication from the Electoral Commission to that effect, I cannot communicate anything surely, because I expect a formal communication to me either to nominate him or he can be nominated in Kampala” Tumwijukye said.   

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