By Fred Kiva, Kiryandongo
The Electoral Commission has declared Taban Iddi Amin as Member of Parliament-elect for Kibanda North Constituency in Kiryandongo district. This comes after his sole rival Sam Otada, withdrew his candidature just hours to the by-election day on August 10.
Kiryandongo district Returning Officer, Samuel Kiyingi says Otada wrote to the Electoral Commission on Wednesday evening withdrawing his candidature. Kiyingi added that the by-election had been called off and Amin declared Member of Parliament-elect.
“We are not going to have an election tomorrow (Thursday), because Honourable Otada has withdrawn his candidature, so we have instead declared Honourable Amin elected unopposed,” said Kiyingi.
Otada has been in court challenging Taban Amini’s eligibility, saying his rival did not put right issues leading to his election nullification in May this year.
His application was however dismissed by Masindi High Court in July for lack of evidence.
The former Kibanda County Legislator later ran to Kampala High court and ruling on the matter was delivered on Wednesday.
Efforts by this online publication to get a comment from Otada were futile by the time of publishing this story due to his failure to pick our repeated phone calls. However, Kiyingi said Otada’s decision to withdraw from the race was taken moments after he lost a petition at Kampala High Court.
“There has been a case going on at the High Court and the judge has ruled in favour of Electoral Commission, that Amin was nominated legally so he saw no reason of pursuing the case further. He has written to Electoral Commission headquarters, he has sent us a copy, we have the document here.” Kiyingi noted.
In May this year, Court of Appeal cancelled Amin’s election victory after concurring with the petitioner Sam Otada that Amin was not a registered voter and names on his National Identity Card differed from those on his academic documents.
Otada’s withdrawal comes a day after NRM Chairman and President Yoweri Museveni campaigned for the party’s flag bearer Idd Amin. Campaigning in Mutunda Sub county and Kiryandongo Town Council on Tuesday, the president urged residents to vote a candidate he can work with to develop their area.