NRM’s Tiperu asks court to nullify Wadri win

Thursday September 13 2018

Why NRM lost Arua Municipality Wadri

NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu casts her ballot at Kebir Cell Polling Station in Oli Division last month. PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA 



The former NRM party flag-bearer in the Arua Municipality parliamentary by-election, Ms Nusura Tiperu, has run to the High Court, seeking nullification of Independent candidate Kassiano Wadri’s victory.
Ms Tiperu sued Mr Wadri and the Electoral Commission (EC), claiming that the former and his agents incited violence while the latter registered non-residents for the election.
She filed her petition on Tuesday at the High Court in Arua through her lawyers of Birungyi, Barata and Buga Company Advocates.
“The second respondent (Electoral Commission) transferred onto the voters’ register of Arua Municipality, voters from Terego and Ayivu counties who had already exercised their right to vote for respective representatives of those constituencies to Parliament and, therefore, permitted those persons to vote twice. So, the election be set aside and a new election be conducted,” the court petition reads in part.
Ms Tiperu also alleges that she was not accorded equal opportunity by the Commission to campaign.
“I was excluded from the campaign period for five days while all other candidates were given a campaign programme and commenced campaigns,” she adds.
But the EC spokesperson, Mr Jotham Taremwa, said they have not yet been served with the petition.
“The Commission is not aware that she [Tiperu] has gone to court because we have not received a copy of her petition nor has the commission been served with one. But it is her right to go to court,” Mr Taremwa said in a telephone interview.
“The Commission will wait to be served to know the grounds of the petition and prepare a response accordingly,” he added.