The National Unity Platform (NUP) party has announced that it will be supporting the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate in the upcoming by-election for Soroti East Constituency in Soroti City.
In a social media post on Thursday, 07 July 2022, NUP said they will not be fielding a candidate in the poll.
“We have taken the decision not to field a candidate in the upcoming by-election for Soroti East Constituency in Soroti City. As the National Unity Platform, we will back the FDC candidate, Hon. Attan Moses,” NUP announced.
NUP said they are doing it in the broader interest of the unity of the forces of change.
“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 Hon. Attan legitimately won the previous election which was interrupted by a court decision,” the party added.
“Therefore, we shall be supporting him, and rallying the people of Soroti to take him back to Parliament. We are stronger when we come together,” they added.
The Soroti East City division Parliamentary seat was declared vacant by the Court of Appeal on May 24th, which threw out the incumbent MP, Moses Okia Attan, on grounds that his elections were conducted in unlawfully gazetted boundaries.
Mr Attan of FDC and Electoral Commission were dragged to court by Herbert Ariko formerly of FDC, now serving as private secretary to Anita Among, speaker of parliament.
On July 28, the people of Soroti east City go to polls to determine their next Member of Parliament.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has promised to deliver a free and fair electioneering process.
Under the election roadmap, the commission will undertake the inspection of candidates’ nomination papers and lodging of complaints from 20 to 25 July 2022.
EC chairman Justice Byabakama says the successful candidates who will be nominated will start their campaigns from July 21 to July 26, with the date of the elections being on 28 of July 2022.
So far three have expressed their public interest in contesting for the seat, Attan of FDC, and Jimmy Ekemu of NRM.