Kyotera LC3 Polls in Dispute
Democratic Party leaders in Rakai district have gathered more than 12,000 signatures to challenge Kyotera Town Council LC3 poll results won by Moses Rashid Ssenyonga.
On March 8th, Jackie Mbura, the Rakai district returning officer, declared Ssenyonga, an independent candidate as new Kyotera Town Council LC3 Chairman, defeating the incumbent, DP’s Monde Lugumya with more than 500 votes.
According to the results, Ssenyonga polled 2,320 votes against Lugumya’s 1,750 votes. Mbura declared Ssenyonga as the new Kyotera Town Council LC3 Chairman having polled the majority of the votes.
Lugumye vehemently rejected the poll results and immediately started gathering evidence to petition court to cancel the election results. He said his team comprising of Rakai DP party leaders have gathered more than 12,000 signatures and more than enough grounds to petition court to nullify the Kyotera LC3 results.
Lugumya claims that the returning officer used a voters’ register which was different from the official register issued by the Electoral Commission. He claimed that he has copies of the two registers.
He said he has evidence that about 600 voters voted twice as well as bout 500 people from Kasaali, Nyendo, Luanda and Kilimya villages, outside Kyotera town, who were also allowed to vote in the town council.
John Kyeyune, the Rakai DP party secretary, said they have evidence of violent attacks on more than 20 of their supporters and numerous cases of intimidation against their supporters which tilted the results in favour of Ssenyonga.
According to Lugumya, the gathered signatures have been handed over to the DP legal team which is expected to petition court on Monday next week.
Jackie Mbura, the Rakai district returning officer, said Lugumya was free to petition the results as it is his constitutional right to do so, but added that she thinks it would be a futile attempt. She did not explain why she doubts his degree of success.
A confident Ssenyonga insists he won genuinely, saying that he is ready to meet Lugumya in the courts of law.
The Kyotera town council elections were marred by violence between DP and NRM supporters. Seven people were admitted in various health centers for injuries ustained in skirmishes between the two sides.