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Sembabule Candidate Challenges Results over Altered Name

Migadde who lost the race to Patrick Nkalubo of the National Resistance Movement-NRM, says that his name was wrongly spelt on the ballot papers, presenting him as Josephat instead of Joseph. He says that because of this error, many people that would have voted for him were confused.
Joseph Migadde Amooti, an independent candidate for the Sembabule District chairman's seat is challenging the outcome of the polls held on Wednesday, over the alteration of his name on the ballot paper.

Migadde who lost the race to Patrick Nkalubo of the National Resistance Movement-NRM, says that his name was wrongly spelt on the ballot papers, presenting him as Josephat instead of Joseph. He says that because of this error, many people that would have voted for him were confused.

Migadde polled 10,601 votes behind Nkalubo who was on Thursday declared the winner of the race with 45,288 votes. He is now disputing the results saying that the alteration of his name by the Electoral Commission affected the outcome.

He adds that upon realizing the error, area residents imagined that the process would be called off and therefore many did not participate in the voting activity, which eventually affected the turn up. Migadde says that out of a total of 132,240 registered voters in the district, only 55,889 voters showed up to cast their votes.

Migadde is now considering legal action to force the cancellation of the result. However, Sembabule District Returning Officer Robert Beine says there was just a slight error in one of the names of the candidate which could not necessitate to call off the election since they were only two people in the race whose symbols were ably represented.

But Beine adds that they have opened up a general complaint file for any aggrieved party to formally inform the Electoral Commission about the inconsistencies. Short of that, he says, this becomes a legal matter that can only be determined by the court.

Meanwhile in Lwengo District, the NRM flag bearer Ibrahim Kitatta  Al-Malik has been declared a winner as the LCV chairperson elect after defeating Joseph Balikuddembe, Sadick Mutebi, Christopher Ssensalire and Emmanuel Mwesigwa. Kitatta won with 24,821 votes beating Balikuddembe, a member of the National Unity Platform with 18,614 votes.

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