Guidelines issued by the EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi bars double registration of voters. However, polling officials have expressed concern over the low turn up of voters and numerous cases of double registration at polling stations across the district.
Orombi of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party garnered 20,280 votes, defeating Vicky Onyai of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party who obtained 4,022 votes. George Uthuba an Independent Candidate got 18,323 votes.
At Classic Nursery school polling station in Nebbi Municipality, only two voters had so far voted by 11:00 am, while at Nduru Polling Station in Nebbi Municipality, which registered very long queues during the Parliamentary elections, one voter was seen casting her vote at around eleven followed by another after ten minutes.
Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the EC chairman, says no candidate will be allowed to organize any activity aimed at soliciting money from potential voters as it is tantamount to bribery contrary to Section 147(1) of the Local Government Act.
According to the road-map released by the Electoral Commission, the update of the voters’ register will take place on May 27th 2019 while consultative meeting with LC1 chairpersons on 29th May 2019 and consultative meeting with other stakeholders including political parties, religious leaders and Civil Society Organizations on 30th May.
The accusations went public shortly after 4 pm when polling stations were closed to pave way for vote counting. The FDC monitoring team led by Obongi County MP Hassan Fungaroo Kaps and Musema Bruce, the FDC candidate in Arua Municipality, raised a red flag over a Police Medical vehicle that was reportedly cited carrying pre-ticked ballot papers.
The parliamentary race in Nebbi attracted six candidates, among them, Robert Onega, a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, Hashim Sulaiman from the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM Party, and independent candidates Patrick Okumu Ringa, Opio Enrico, Betty Odongo Pacutho, and Berocan Okorocal.
In the meeting, the DISO, Raphael Vundu, was reportedly subjected to a lot of pressure, especially on why he has not used his elaborate security machinery to boost the NRM candidate. Tempers rose high with the attendees vowing to win the election whether through hook or crook.
Two men, Robert Okumu of the National Resistance Movement and William Alenyo, an independent, are feuding in court over who won the February polls. While Alenyo has won the case in the Arua High Court, Okumu has appealed and the verdict is yet to be delievered.