NUP backs FDC candidate in Soroti by-election
FDC’s Moses Attan

In the race for the Soroti district legislative position, the National Unity Platform (NUP) party will support Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Moses Attan.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) party has announced they will rally behind Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Moses Attan in the race for the Soroti district legislative position.

Following a complaint, the Court of Appeal in May 2022, withdrew victory from Moses Attan as the area Member of Parliament on claims that the election was not conducted freely and fairly.

The judgment came up after an appeal by one voter who challenged the annexation and transfer of Opiyai and Aloet wards from Soroti East to Soroti West after the nomination of the candidates, which denied over 4,560 voters the right to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

The court ruled then that at the time of voter verification, Opiyai and Aloet Awards (polling stations) were verified and confirmed to fall under Soroti East and therefore that 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 vote for.

With now elections first approaching for the area to select their leader, NUP has announced they will not be fronting anyone but rather rally all their support to FDC’s Attan.

“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,” part of a statement from NUP read.

In addition, NUP emphasised that although they had strong candidates pending approval to stand on the party’s ticket, they have chosen to stand together as the opposition in support of one member.

“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,” NUP added.

Attan will be looking to tackle it out with Herbert Edmund Ariko who on Thursday was unveiled as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag-bearer for the position.

Speaking during the unveiling, NRM’s First national vice-chairperson Alhajji Moses Kigongo said the party is optimistic Ariko will help the party to reclaim its position in the area. 

“We are here to reclaim our Soroti status because the people have been supporting NRM and I am here to make sure we re-capture Soroti once and forever, we don’t want games this time,” Kigongo said.