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FDC Eastern Region Deputy Mobilizer to Contest as Independent Candidate

Bernard Eumu argues that the party primaries were not free and fair. He accused the party district registrar of rigging in favour of his opponent.
MP David Abala of Ngora County (L) sharing with Ben Eumu.

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Bernard Eumu, the Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party Deputy Regional Mobilizer for Eastern Region says he will contest as an independent candidate for the newly created Constituency of Kapir in Ngora district.  

This comes barely a week after he announced that he would not participate in active politics after he lost to David Livingstone Okurut, a veteran Journalist during the FDC party primaries.

But in a consultative meeting with his supporters on Tuesday at Kapir Primary School which was presided over by Moses Omiat, the FDC party Chairperson in Ngora District, Eumu declared that he will contest as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general elections. 

Eumu argues that the party primaries were not free and fair. He accused the party district registrar of rigging in favour of his opponent. He adds that the Electoral Commission did not give his agents declaration forms after the election.  

Eumu, who has been Ngora LCV Chairperson for two consecutive terms under the FDC ticket, protested the results citing voter bribery.  

“Am not satisfied with the outcome of the elections and having consulted with my people, am not going to back a candidate whose victory is dubious”, he said.  

However, Simon Okello, the FDC Electoral Commission Chairperson insists that the elections were free and fair, adding there was no case of vote bribery allegations registered at the time of declaration of results.

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Last year, political parties through the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) drafted a proposal barring candidates who contest but lose in party primaries from contesting as independents. Leaders of political parties argued that the regulation would end confusion and divisions that candidates plant in political parties when they run as independents candidates.

However the proposal was rejected by Members of Parliament.