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Court of Appeal Kicks Soroti MP Okia out of Parliament, Orders Fresh Election

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The Court of Appeal yesterday annulled the election of Soroti City East Constituency Moses Okia Attan and ordered for fresh election for the directly- elected Member of Parliament in the area.

In ruling of three justices led by Cheborion Barishaki, court of appeal nullified the election of Okias victory on grounds that it was illegal for the Electoral Commission (EC) to reconstitute the boundaries of Soroti City East Constituency by removing the parishes of Aloet and Opilyai and placing them under Soroti City West Constituency.

Other justices included Stephen Musota and Christopher Gashirabake.

According to the justices ruling, the EC had no powers to distort the composition of the Soroti City East Constituency by removing the parishes of Aloet and Opilyai, which had 1,337 voters and 3,896 voters respectively and placing them where the said voters did not belong.

MP Okias victory had been challenged by his political rival, Mr Herbert Edmund Ariko, who stated that there were election malpractices and voter disenfranchisement.

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