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She verbally exchanged words with Betty Atim, the Gulu District NRM Women League Chairperson accusing her of taking sides by conniving with the NRM party Electoral Commission to distribute exercise book papers for voters to write the names of their candidates, something she said was confusing to voters.

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There were protests and disgruntlement among candidates during the election of National Resistance Movement-NRM party delegates at the party office in Layibi Division in Gulu district on Tuesday.

 

The ruling party conducted the polls to fill 15 vacant positions at the district and municipality levels. However, candidates expressed discontentment with the election processes, saying it marred with irregularities.   

 

Minutes after Joyce Akidi was declared elected General Secretary for the Women`s League with 28 votes, her rival Jenneth Nyaga who garnered only 16 votes lashed at the party Electoral Commission for alleged failure to provide authentic ballot papers.  

   

She verbally exchanged words with Betty Atim, the Gulu District NRM Women League Chairperson accusing her of taking sides by conniving with the NRM party Electoral Commission to distribute exercise book papers for voters to write the names of their candidates, something she said was confusing to voters.  

Atim equally attacked Akidi by accusing her of being incompetent for the position hence her loss. It took the intervention of other party officials to stop the verbal clash between the duo. 

Laker Sharon Balmoyi who also lost the position of Vice Chairperson NRM Gulu District Women`s League to Vicky Ayero by 16 to 27 votes, said that the election process was flawed because voters were not sensitized on how to vote.    

Samuel Opiyo, who contested for the vacancy of Secretary Finance for Persons with Disability (PWDs), told URN that voters and candidates` sensitization was not adequately conducted.  The seat was taken by Jok-kene Geoffrey who garnered 11 total votes beating his four rivals.         

George Ebola, the Gulu district NRM party returning officer disregarded the allegations noting that the election was free and fair. Ebola noted that not everyone is contented with election results especially when they lose.    

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Ebola added the new office bearers have assumed office with immediate effect. James Ocen who was elected the Gulu District NRM party chairperson, welcomed the election results and pledged to take up his office and prepare the delegates for the party`s National Conference in Kyankwanzi on Friday.  

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