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Amin Fights Hard to Retain MP Seat

Taban Idi Amin with President Yoweri Museveni during the previous campaigns

The Electoral Commission is today Monday July 31 hearing a complaint regarding the contested nomination of Idi Taban Amin Tampo in the by-election of Kibanda North County, Kiryandongo District.

The hearing will be conducted in open court at the EC headquarters in Kampala which officials said was accessible to interested individuals.

The by-election is a result of a Court of Appeal judgment vides Election Petition No. 93 of 2016.

It is alleged Amin Tampo’s nomination as a National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate was made in error and is subsequently being challenged by candidate Otada Sam Amooti Owor under Section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act.

Observers say the case has implications for the process of candidate selection as well as the integrity of Uganda’s verification of identities and documents process.

The Court of Appeal in May nullified the election of Taban Amin — the grandson to former President Idi Amin — as the Kibanda North (Kiryandongo) MP on grounds that he was not a registered voter of the constituency, which disqualifies his nomination and election.

The judges ruled that Amin failed to give satisfactory reasons for noncompliance with the particular Electoral requirement.

Amin was found to have discrepancies within his names whereby on the National Voters Register he is addressed as Amin Tampo whereas on the National ID he is Taban Idi Amin.

On his nomination form and academic documents and passport he is Idi Taban Amin.

Court therefore ordered the Electoral Commission to organize fresh elections and for Amin and the E.C to pay half of the costs incurred by his challenger Sam Amooti Otada.

The youthful Amin overcame tight competition from Otada – who had held the area MP seat for 15 years – in the February elections.

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