Joseph Kasirye, the NUP Party Registrar for the Masaka sub-region says that the NRM party agents backed up by security operatives have hijacked the exercise in many areas where they are blocking known opposition supporters from being registered.
In her ruling, lady Justice Ketra Katunguuka cited inconsistencies in Nandagire’s academic papers and eventual nomination. She overturned her victory on grounds that she did not qualify for election as a member of parliament.
Balikuddembe, a candidate of the National Unity Platform-NUP had sought leave of the court to submit additional evidence to support his petition to the effect that Kitatta, the National Resistance Movement-candidate connived with the Electoral Commission to rig elections in Lwengo.
Christine Ndiwalana Nandagire, who contested on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket was declared the MP for Bukomansimbi North constituency. However, her election is challenged by the former area MP and National Resistance Movement
Led by Joseph Kasirye, the National Unity Platform registrar for Masaka City, the activists who include members of two other opposition parties; the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and Democratic Party-DP, argue that the current electoral laws are still weak to stop vote-rigging.
Godfrey Kiwuuwa, the chairperson of Kitaka cell in Nyendo ward, a registered voter at Market Triangle disputes polls results on the tally sheet, indicating that figures from his polling station were exchanged during the final tallying process hence giving President Museveni a false win.
The Masaka City Returning Officer, Sam Agaba Ruteba declared Steven Lukyamuzi the pioneer Mayor of Kimanya-Kabonera City division after polling 9,163 votes. His National Resistance Movement-NRM rival, Hamidu Bukenya came second with 4,308 votes followed by the Democratic Party candidate, Dick Muwanga with 1,830 votes, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate Jude Kalule garnered 143 votes and independent candidate, Raymond Ssebugwawo polled 93 votes.
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Secretary-General noted that they couldn’t conduct fresh primaries because of the limited time and the fact that the Electoral Commission has already set dates for nominations.
However, some candidates contesting for Masaka City Mayoral office have observed that the campaigns are highly expensive, yet voters in almost every household are tagging their ballot to payments from candidates.
The PWDs say that the politicians have not engaged them, even as they traverse villages in the search for votes, implying that their agenda is falling short of the interests of persons with disabilities, among them the physically handicapped, as well as those with hearing and visual impairments.
According to him, he has just given a break to the presidential contest, to rally behind other opposition change seeking forces to depose President Museveni from the top office which he will also seek in the future.
In her ruling, Justice Nakintu, concurred with Namujju’s defence team, saying the controversy on the names of Namujju's academci documents was determined in a case filed by Nkonge’s supporter, Paul Sserwanga before Masaka High Court in 2016 and later the Court of Appeal where it was dismissed.