Lucy Achiro Retains Aruu North Parliamentary Seat
Independent candidate, Lucy Achiro Atim has retained her seat as Aruu North Member of Parliament.
Achiro beat off competition from four other candidates to retain the seat she lost in February following annulment of her election by the Court of Appeal.
Achiro garnered 16, 608 votes beating her closest rival and ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, Nabinson James Kidega who got 8, 450 votes.
Democratic Party candidate Bernard Ology got 411; followed by Independent candidate Justin Oryema who got 173 votes.
Independent candidates Henry Komakech and David Ojera managed to get 108 and 54 votes respectively.
According to Joseph Omona, the Pader district returning officer, the total ballot papers counted was 26, 719. Out of these, 25, 804 were total valid votes cast; 915 were invalid while 33 were spoilt votes.
Achiro’s victory in the February 2016 elections was challenged by Kidega in Gulu High Court, which found the the MP-elect guilty of engaging in election malpractice.
However Achiro challenged the lower court’s decision in the Court of Appeal.
But in February this year, a panel of three judges of the Court of Appeal, Paul Mugamba, Cheborion Barishaki and Richard Buteera unanimously dismissed her appeal and ordered the Electoral Commission to organise fresh elections in the constituency.
This after agreeing with the High court ruling that she had engaged in electoral malpractice.