Engola was declared NRM flag bearer on Saturday by the District NRM Registrar Geoffrey Ogwal at Rainbow Hotel in Oyam Town Council, Oyam district. He now waits to face off with either Crispus Ayena Odongo, Dr Eunice Apio Otuko, Andrew Oboke Edonga and David Okello Ogole, who are now pursuing the UPC party flag.
The cancellation came after a series of meetings held to resolve disagreements between the aspirants who accused each other of vote-rigging. The six aspirants included Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Prof Elijah Dickens Mushemeza, Nickson Banduho Tugume, Moses Mwebesa, Yorokamu Bategana and, Benson Kamugisha Tumuhimbise.
According to provisional results prior to the cancellation of results, of the three candidates, Betty Atim was leading the race with 2,707 votes, her closes rival Sharon Balmoi had polled 2,664 votes while Maya Auma had 581 votes.
Almost 40 years after the death of General David Oyite Ojok, three members of his family are in the running for different political positions in Lango sub region. Linda Agnes Auma, a daughter, is now the official NRM party flag bearer for Lira District Woman MP after winning in the Primaries on Friday, September 4. Her young sister Vicky Atim wants to represent Loro Sub County in Oyam District Council. Unlike Auma, Atim wants to carry the UPC flag. The two are joined by Shakila Among, a granddaughter of Oyite Ojok, who is in another political contest to represent the Youth in Lira City Council.
Kitutu polled 46,851 votes to defeat her arch-rival Rose Mutonyi, who was switching from the Bubulo West Parliamentary seat, and Miss Curvy Executive Director Ann Mungoma. Mutonyi polled 18,462, according to results which were declared by the Manafwa district NRM registrar Johnson Wasike.
Luswata says that while his rivals were making last-minute preparations for the elections, he was arrested by police only to be released after the polling had begun on Friday, which denied him a chance to organize and deploy polling agents.
The members say that the fear for lining up could be responsible for low turn up in Friday's party primaries. They add that through lining up, voters interests are exposed, yet at the same time, this takes away one's political privacy.
According to the results, Matheniko County MP, John Baptist Lokii beat off competition from his close rival Paul Olo to win the party flag with a difference of 41 votes. However, results from three villages were cancelled over allegations of manipulation of the register and falsification of results.
Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Sheema South is accusing Prof. Mushemeza of intimidating his agents and forcing them to leave the polling stations before voting was ended. He now wants results from seven polling stations delayed until his petition is disposed of.
The Resident District Commissioner Who also doubles as District Internal Security Officer Jacob Amooti says security had received reports of looming chaos and notes that they were still in the process of deploying additional security at the tallying center to boost security before results are declared.
Dr Mutono who had a stint in parliament after the death of Doctor Stephen Malinga, emerged the winner with 18,173 votes against Mudokoi’s 17,614 votes. They were followed by Richard Mugoda with 8,229 votes, Abasa Nabyata with 1,024, Nanga Zachariah with 613, votes and Tom Olinga who polled 200 votes.
Nangoli was arrested after attacking polling officials whom he accused of declaring the wrong candidate as the winner of the party primaries held on Friday. Nangoli and his supporters attacked the registrar and accused him of vote-rigging and alternating results.
The major contention is in Kyaka Central where Eryeza Birihariiwe, one of the contestants accuses his rival, Tom Bright, of vote-rigging. He particularly singles out Kibambali and Kasambya polling stations in Kyegeggwa town council where he claims that his voters were turned away and agents didn’t sign the declaration forms.
According to information obtained by our reporter, the duo’s campaign agents from Butiti, Mpaama and Nsozibiri villages in Lwanda sub-county was driving in an unspecified vehicle when they were intercepted by a group of stick-wielding men.