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.
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.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc