High Court Upholds Abiriga's Nomination

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This afternoon, Amos Kwizera, the Nakawa High Court, Deputy Registrar, upheld Abirigas nomination pending the hearing of his main suit on April 24th.

Nakawa High Court has upheld the nomination of Ibrahim Abiriga, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate for Arua municipality parliamentary seat.
 
Nakawa High Court, Deputy Registrar, Amos Kwizera, made the ruling this afternoon following an application by Abiriga challenging the decision by Electoral Commission to eliminate him from the parliamentary race over alleged lack of the requisite academic qualifications.
 
In his application through Odama and Co Advocates, Abiriga argued that EC erred by eliminating him from the race without giving him an opportunity to defend his academic documents, which goes against the rules of natural justice.
 
"EC disregarded his academic papers without analyzing his documents, they went ahead to denominate him. When we appeared to present our documents, EC told the complainant to respond to the documents but to date, we have not received any response,' states Odama. 

This afternoon, Amos Kwizera, the Nakawa High Court, Deputy Registrar, upheld Abiriga's nomination pending the hearing of his main suit on April 24th.
 
The reinstatement of Abiriga in the Arua parliamentary race comes after president; Yoweri Museveni assured voters on Sunday that he will be on the ballot on Thursday. However, Abiriga's rival Dickson Adomati, says he is not shaken by the high court move to reinstate him in the race.

 
"That is nothing. Abiriga is not going anywhere near parliament, why can't people understand that? Museveni is just trying to secure his votes in Oli Division," says Adomati. 
 
Abiriga enjoys huge support in River Oli Division. According to Adomati, EC will conduct a by-election for Arua municipality parliamentary seat once the case is resolved.

 

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