Court orders nomination of 2 FDC aspirants for same seat

GULU- Gulu High Court Judge Margaret Mutonyi has ordered that both Gulu Municipality Member of parliament Christopher Acire and incumbent Aswa County MP Reagan Okumu be allowed to be nominated as FDC flag bearers for Aswa County MP seat pending court ruling.

In her ruling last Tuesday, Justice Mutonyi said the confusion in FDC should not deprive the electorate in Aswa County from exercising their rights in electing their representative in Parliament.

She has set December 18, as the date for ruling on the petition.

MrAcire had dragged FDC party to court over its failure to conduct primary elections for the flag bearer of Aswa County MP seat in Gulu District.

Mr Acire is leaving the Gulu Municipality MP seat to contest for Aswa County, where Mr Reagan Okumu is the incumbent MP. Mr Acire cited personal reasons for leaving the municipality seat.

Mr Okumu was nominated by the FDC working committee following last month’s meeting that unanimously endorsed him.

In his petition filed at Gulu High Court, Mr Acire is demanding that court orders FDC to conduct primary elections instead of hand-picking candidates.

Through his lawyers Luganda, Ojok and Co Aocates, Mr Acire alleges his party did not follow the procedures in picking on its ‘official’ flag bearer, Mr Okumu.

However, Ms Bena Mutamba, the FDC lawyer, dismissed the allegations.

Ms Mutamba asked court to ignore the request by Mr Acire’s lawyer for an interim order, adding that the independent Electoral Commission is not party to the suit.