Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement – NRM party candidate in the recent Arua municipality by-election, has petitioned court seeking the nullification of results for the polls held last month.
Tiperu lost the race to former Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri who was declared the winner with 6,421 votes against her 4,798 votes.
However, thorough Lawyers Birungi, Barata and Associates Tiperu alleges that the elections were marred with irregularities ranging from violence, intimidation, multiple registrations, voter bribery and denial of equal opportunity during the campaign period by the Electoral Commission.
“The petitioner maintains that the said acts of violence and intimidation contravened provisions of the Parliamentary elections Act and had the effect of compelling an overwhelming number of voters from voting in the by-elections,” reads the petition.
Tiperu now wants the court to order that there was noncompliance with the Parliamentary Elections Act leading to failure to conduct the elections in accordance with the principles laid down in those provisions. She added that the noncompliance and failure affected results of the elections in a substantial manner and demanded that the results should be declared null and void.
However, the EC spokesperson in a text message replied, “The commission will wait to be served to know the grounds of the petition and prepare a response”.
The high court in Arua is yet to set date for the hearing of the case.