Soroti High Court has nullified the election of Katakwi woman MP Violet Akurut of (NRM).
Akurut did not resign her position as Commissioner Human Rights.
A voter Simon Peter Emorut through his lawyers Alfred Okello Oriem and Leonard Otte petitioned court to nullify Akurut’s victory on ground that she offered herself for nominations without retiring from public employment.
He argued that the failure of Akurut to resign violated section 4 sub sections 4 paragraph “A” of the parliamentary elections act and article 80 clauses 4 of the 1995 constitution of Uganda, which require serving public officials to resign at least 90 days to the nomination.
In her defense, Akurut said she wasn’t required to resign because she was protected by article 257 of the constitution, which excludes members of commissions as employees of public service who are required to resign.
In a ruling Friday, presiding Judge David Wangutusi said Akurut was not elected validly and should never have been nominated by Uganda electoral commission.
He ordered Akurut’s election as Katakwi Woman MP nullified.
The judge awarded the petitioner costs of the petition.
He ordered fresh elections to be conducted in the district.