The National Unity Platform (NUP) has revealed that it will back the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Attan Moses in the upcoming by-election for Soroti East Constituency in Soroti City. The Party said it has taken a decision not to field a candidate in the constituency’s upcoming byelection.
“Although we had very good potential candidates in Soroti, we are doing this in the broader interest of the unity of the Forces of Change.
We believe that Attan legitimately won the previous election which was interrupted by a court decision.
Therefore, we shall be supporting him, and rallying the people of Soroti to take him back to Parliament,” NUP said in a statement. The Soroti East Constituency Parliamentary seat fell vacant following a court nullification of the election of Attan Moses.
On May 24th, 2022, the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Attan Moses on grounds that the Electoral Commission failed to conduct free and fair elections. Following his election, a voter petitioned court challenging the annexation and transfer of Opiyai and Aloet parishes from Soroti East to Soroti West after the nomination of the candidates.
The voter contended that the annexation led to disenfranchising of over 4,560 voters the right to vote for the leader of their choice. Court ruled that at the time of voter verification, the people of Opiyai and Aloet wards were verified and confirmed to fall under Soroti East thus the sudden change left voters at a loss and confused as to where they belong and whom to vote for as they were presented with ballot papers of strange candidates than the ones they expected to see and were known to them.
Polling for Member of Parliament shall take place on Thursday 28th July 2022 at all polling stations in Soroti East Constituency.