According to Dr Odoi, those who opted to contest as independents only 42 (25 direct representatives and 17 women representatives) of the defiant 501 who stood after losing primaries managed to win and the rest lost in the general elections, an indication that the NRM electoral commission had originally done well its job by putting them aside.
Museveni scoring 100 percent at a polling station in Kiruhura isn’t unprecedented. But the magnitude is unmatched, if compared to scores of the previous elections. For instance, in the 2016 election, Museveni scored 100 percent at 'only' 141 polling stations, most of them were in Kiruhura, while others were in Nakaseke.
Yusuf Nsubuga, the NRM Chairperson for Mabuye parish in Bukulula sub-county says that the local NRM mobilization teams were also scattered by infighting and growing intrigue within the party circles and approached the general election with a sharply divided structure, part of which clandestinely worked with the opposition.