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
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.