NEBBI. The Arua high court judge Justice Anthony Ojok Oyuka has nullified the election of Mr Suleiman Hashim as the Nebbi municipal Member of Parliament.
This follows a successful election petition filed by the Forum for Democratic Change’s candidate Mr Robert Onega.
In his judgement at Nebbi chief magistrate court on Thursday, justice Ojok noted that at the time of nomination, Mr Hashim Suleiman did not have the required minimum qualification to contest for the seat.
The required minimum qualification for one to contest as a Member of Parliament is an equivalent of Advanced level certificate.
“Since the first respondent who is Suleiman Hashim does not have the required qualification or its equivalent to stand for election, I therefore nullify this election because he is not eligible to stand and order for a fresh election to be conducted”, he ruled.
Mr Erias Lukwago, the petitioner’s lawyer said they are happy that justice has prevailed and noted that the judge evaluated the evidence before him carefully according to the law where applicable and realised that Hashim does not have the required qualification since there were inconsistencies in the name usage.
“We only hope that the by election is going to be conducted soon since the people of Nebbi municipal had been denied proper representation for quiet sometimes”, he said.
He noted that what was disturbing is that the electoral commission was not represented in court yet they were part of the respondent and they failed to appear on the day of the judgement.
“We would have been happier if our candidate was declared the winner, nevertheless we are happy with the court decision and we shall comply and let them also take it in good faith since the judgement was clear and fair", he added.
However, Mr Hashim has disagreed with the judgement saying he is going to appeal against it.
Police fired tear gas at the jubilating supporters of the petitioner Mr Onega and arrested him in the process, by press time he had not yet been released.