The High Court in Lira District on Wednesday nullified the election of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Christine Acen as Alebtong Woman MP over lack of requisite academic papers ordering for fresh election.
In her ruling, justice Night Percy Tuhaise said “there is possibility that the documents Ms Acen used for her nomination were forged since she did not qualify to join secondary school.”
This follows the petition filed by the MP’s rival, Ms Elizabeth Abongo of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) challenging the results of the February 18 elections in which Ms Acen was declared winner by the Electoral Commission.
According to the evidence adduced in court, Ms Acen sat for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) at Ambalal Primary School in Lira District but failed.
“Got F9 in three subjects: Social Studies, Mathematics and Science, and scored aggregate 8 in English.” Said the complainant.
According to EC results, Ms Acen polled 31,581 votes while the petitioner came second with 18,932 votes in the race where five people contested. Others who also contested for the seat were Ms Dorcus Acen (Independent), UPC’s Sarah Aol and Ms Emily Akullu Omacara (Independent).