PALLISA. Electoral Commission has declared the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate for the Pallisa Woman Parliamentary seat, Faith Alupo unopposed.
The Pallisa District Returning Officer, Charles Rebero declared Alupo unopposed on Tuesday evening shortly after the Commission cancelled the nomination of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party candidate, Catherine Achola Osupelem.
In his letter, the Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, said the Commission was disqualifying Achola from the race because the names on her nomination papers don't match those on her academic papers.
While Achola's academic documents bear Achola Catherine, she appears as Achola Catherine Osupelem on the voter's register. He explained that the candidate provide the Electoral Commission any evidence indicating that there was compliance with the law when she adopted the said names during the enrollment for the national identity card in 2015 as she stated before the commission.
The Pallisa District Returning Officer, Charles Rebero said that since only two candidates were nominated for the race, Alupo is unopposed.
Shortly after being declared unopposed, Alupo who was accompanied by her Campaign manager, David Ochwa called for unity.
David Ochwa couldn't hide his excitement, saying he was happy with Alupo's victory. The head of Achola's campaign, Stephen Ochola dismissed the Commission's decision.
He explained that Achola adopted the contested name "Osupelem" from her father and even swore an affidavit to that effect.
The Pallisa woman MP seat fell vacant after the incumbent Agnes Ameede, decided to represent the newly-created Butebo district. Electoral Commission is set to conduct polls in newly created districts and municipalities on July 19th.