The political banshee that has landed in Arua Municipality in recent months seems too far from ending her business there.
While the rest of other Ugandans had thought that Arua Municipality was about to pacify and heal from the recent volatile by-elections following the gruesome murder of Col. Ibrahim Abrirga, Nusura Tiperu an NRM candidate who lost in the race has gone to Court.
TND News Uganda can authoritatively confirm that Tiperu, also a former MP in the East African Legislative Assembly [EALA] has petitioned court seeking the nullification of results for the polls held last month.
Tiperu was beaten by former Terego County MP, Kassiano Ezati Wadri who was declared the winner with 6,421 votes against her 4,798 votes.
However, through her Lawyers – Birungi, Barata and Associates, Tiperu contends that the elections were characterized by irregularities ranging from violence, intimidation, multiple registrations, voter bribery and denial of equal opportunity during the campaign period by the Electoral Commission.
“The petitioner maintains that the said acts of violence and intimidation contravened provisions of the Parliamentary Elections Act and had the effect of compelling an overwhelming number of voters from voting in the by-elections,” reads the petition.
In her petition, Tiperu prays that the Court order that there was noncompliance with the Parliamentary Elections Act leading to failure to conduct the elections in accordance with the principles laid down in those provisions.
According to her, noncompliance and failure affected results of the elections in a substantial manner and demanded that the results should be declared null and void.
The Arua High Court is yet to set date for the hearing of the case while the Electoral Commission says it is yet to be served with the petition.
Even with Kassiano Wadri being duly elected MP and subsequently sworn in last month, Gulu High Court has issued a three month ban to Wadri from going to Arua Municipality.
This was one of the conditions for his bail acceptance in Gulu High Court following treason charges he’s currently facing, alongside 32 others.