SOROTI EAST DECIDES: Voting Underway, Security Beefed Up

A resident of Soroti East casts her vote

Soroti – Long queues have been spotted at polling stations across Soroti East Division Constituency on Thursday morning as voters waited to cast their ballots in the hotly contested Soroti city east by-election.

Election officials said voting generally started off well.

Security was heightened following the deployment of police and army personnel across the east division to curb any possibilities of violence or interruption.

On Wednesday, The East Kyoga police spokesperson, Mr Oscar Ageca confirmed that they deployed enough manpower in the 13 wards.

“We will not allow anybody to disrupt the polls,” Ageca said.

The three candidates in the race are Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party’s Moses Attan Okia, Mr Herbert Edmund Ariko (NRM), and Uganda Peoples Congress party’s Pascal Amuriat.

The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal threw Mr Attan out of Parliament in June, on the account that the Electoral Commission (EC) had not properly demarcated boundaries within the constituency, consequently disenfranchising 5,233 voters from both Aloet and Opiyai precincts

Besides the parliamentary elections, EC will also conduct a by-election for the directly elected councillor for Pioneer Ward, a position which fell vacant after the incumbent, Mr Gabriel Eteso, was appointed Serere deputy Resident District Commissioner.

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