By Candia Stephen
Arua. Three candidates have successfully been nominated for the Upper Madi Parliamentary by-elections in an anticipated tight race on June 22.
The race has drawn in John Arumadri (FDC), who served as MP of the area for two terms, Drito Martin (Independent) who served for a term and Etuka Isaac (NRM) who served for about a year.
Etuka Isaac (NRM).
But the determinant of the votes seem to lie on the areas one hails from and the number of voters in those areas. The politics shape has been marred by accusations, ring-fencing and propaganda. This, the voters will have to sway from such electoral games if they are to have a credible leader who can lobby to relieve them from the annual acute water shortage, the construction of markets and roads linking in the Sub-counties.
The two days exercise that started yesterday (Wednesday) at the Arua Police grounds was brought to a closure at 3:30 pm with the nomination of Drito Martin an independent candidate.
Speaking after nominations, Ruth Angom, the district Returning officer, warned the candidates and their supporters against violence and other acts which may violate the rules of politics adding that her office will keep keen monitoring on the campaign process.
Drito urged the voters to be united and avoid violence, adding that Upper Madi has never experienced division.
He also outlined his priority as working on the bridges of Aji and Ora, which are a key link in Upper Madi and improve on the education levels if elected.
John Arumadri, the FDC candidate, applauded the people of Upper Madi for asking him to contest and putting trust in him to bring back the glory of Madi.
John Arumadri (FDC).
On the eve of the nominations, Jimmy Madira and Antes Oyemy Asedri withdrew from the race on grounds that they did not receive blessings from the elders.
He vowed to bridge the existing gaps in the development of the people of Upper Madi and also to fast track the district status for Upper Madi if elected.
Isaac Etuka, who was thrown out of Parliament by Court of Appeal, said he is determined to continue with what he already started, arguing that he has greatly been interrupted by the several court cases against him, which hindered his service delivery to the people of Upper Madi.
Security has remained tight in Upper Madi following reports of suspected violence, threats and intimidation by supporters of the three candidates.