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Losers in Kigulu South NRM Primaries Dispute Results :: Uganda Radionetwork

Losers in Kigulu South NRM Primaries Dispute Results

One of the contestants Andrew Kaluya notes that, they agreed to use the NRM registers but they were surprised that there was open voting in 53 villages.
Security deploys heavily at Busei polling station ahead of elections on Friday.

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Losers in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries in Kigulu South constituency have attributed their defeat to irregularities in the electoral process. 

The race attracted four candidates who include the incumbent Member of Parliament, Andrew Kaluya, the former MP Milton Muwuma, Patrick Kayemba, the Iganga LCV Chairperson and Mbigiti Kisubi, a businessman in Iganga town. 

The polls in Kigulu South were postponed following the death Stephen Waako. Waako was involved in an accident at Kakira, along Iganga-Jinja highway on September 4, the day of the primaries.

On Friday, the Iganga NRM registrar, Yazid Kirunda declared Muwuma as the party’s flagbearer with 8,223 votes.  He was followed by Kaluya with 5,584 votes, Kayemba 4,494 and Mbigiti with 2,455 votes. 

Kaluya notes that, they agreed to use the NRM registers but they were surprised that there was open voting in 53 villages. 

“As candidates in this race, we held a meeting with both police and NRM officials where all of us religiously agreed to the use of voters’ registers in these primaries but I was surprised when out of 93 villages, only 40 used the registers, this undermines the quality of democracy in the electoral process because if a standard is set, it must be followed to provide credibility in the outcomes,” he says. 

Kayemba says that, there was unregulated voter bribery where voters were paid money before heading to the polling stations. 

Kayemba further alleges that there was heavy security deployment in the sub counties of Nakalama and Nakigo where Muwuma’s opponents had more support.

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However, Muwuma dismissed his opponents’ claims as baseless, arguing that, he had a more appealing manifesto which attracted voters to his side compared to his counterparts who invested their time in character assassinating him. 

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The NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Tanga Odoi says that, all parties presented their grievances but lacked the necessary evidence to warrant cancellation of elections.

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Cue out…found that erroneous,”.              

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