By Sania Babirye
National Resistance Movement’s Hashim Sulaiman has filed a notice of appeal challenging the nullification of his election as the Nebbi Municipality member of parliament.
On the 2nd of this month, the Lira High court justice Ojuko Anthony Ojok threw Sulaiman out of parliament and ordered that electoral commission to hold fresh elections on grounds that he engaged in electoral Mal-practices and did not have the requisite academic qualifications since he lacked the advanced A level certificate.
Justice Ojoko ruled that the MP had rigged the elections and did also use academic documents of another person to be nominated.
Sulaima’s victory was challenged by his rival opposition Forum for Democratic Change candidate Robert Onega who accused Sulaiman of having rigged the elections and that he did not have an A level certificate in August 2018 .
While nullifying his election, the judge relied on the evidence presented by Onega including Sulaiman’s family relatives who testified before court and revealed that he never completed A level.
The relatives had also informed court during trial that Sulaiman was then known as Okethrwong Achima but not Sulaiman .
However, Suleiman has revealed that his lawyers have filed a notice of appeal to challenge the nullification.
The electoral commission declared Sulaiman as the winner of the Nebbi Municipality Member of Parliament seat with only a margin of 124 votes against FDCs Onega .
However, being dissatisfied, Onega petitioned the high court on grounds that the elections were not free and fair.
“We are deeply concerned that there were a lot of irregularities like voter bribery, assault, use of faulty bio metric voter verification system, intimidation of my voters, failure to provide light during vote counting and uttering false academic documents,”
Onega filed his petition through his lawyer, Erias Lukwago.
In his petition he stated that there was connivance between Sulaiman and the Electoral Commission to disable and use faulty bio metric machines during the polls which gave a chance to non-registered voters to vote.
Sulaiman had stated after the verdict that he will be appealing the decision of the high court.