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Drama As Losers Are Declared Winners in Wakiso LCV Elections

The said dramatic scenes came up when Musinguzi declared not one but three losers as winners. In the first instance, the returning named a candidate who had as winner in race of direct councilor to represent Bukasa Parish in Wakiso Sub County at the district.
21 Jan 2021 19:43
One of the candidates whose victory had been passed on to the loser approaching the returning officer.


There have been drama and chaotic scenes at Wakiso tally centre when the returning officer declared over three candidates who had lost as eventual winners of the Wednesday LCV elections.

Tolbert Musinguzi the Wakiso district returning officer who had delayed the announcement of final results from different electoral area up to 5; 00 p.m. presided over the Thursday afternoon function that left many in surprise. 

The said dramatic scenes came up when Musinguzi declared not one but three losers as winners. In the first instance, the returning officer named a candidate who had lost as winner in race of direct councilor to represent Bukasa Parish in Wakiso Sub County at the district. 

Jalia Mbabazi Lubega, Independent/NRM leaning, who was declared, had polled 400 votes against national unity platforms’ Ivan Mponye who scored 1198 votes.

After the declaration, most NUP candidate stood up in protest and charged towards Musinguzi desk with some lifting plastic chair with apparent intentions of thrown them at the returning officer only to be stopped by security officers. For about ten minutes the hall turned into total mess. 

“I cannot you allow to declare this lady when she was the third in the race, I won the elections and I have all my declaration forms please don’t declare her.” Mponye Shouted. 

Armed with his declaration of results form, Mponye approached Musinguzi’s desk where they compared results and the sum of the votes on the declaration forms.

Musinguzi appeared to have realized the anomaly and called upon his staff to rectify the mistake. Just like his name; Mponye, which can be loosely translated as surviving, the returning officer had survived. 

Ten minutes later, a similar incident reoccurred when NRM’s Asiimwe Moureen was announced by the officer as the winner in Nabweru division I with 901 votes despite the fact that her main challenger, Nagayi Faridah, NUP candidate, had 6,132 votes.

To everyone’s surprise, the total number of votes scored by both candidates appeared on the final declaration of results form but the returning officer had declared as winner the one with fewer vote count. 

On a third occasion, the same officer declared independent candidate Hassan Wasswa  as winner and therefore councilor-elect Mende Sub county despite the fact that he had polled 56 votes less than the National Unity Platform candidate, Sseemu Ssempiira. 

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