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Women Councilors Election Cancelled in Kitgum After New Name Found on Ballot

The Electoral Commission nominated three candidates for the LCIII Women Councilors position in West Land A ward. They are Paula Aleng, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate, Beatrice Ayako of National Resistance Movement party-NRM, and Margaret Aneno, an independent candidate. However, this morning when voters turned up to witness the ballot box opening to kick off the election process in Te-fene and Tecwa polling stations, they were shocked that four names instead of three were on the ballot. The new name was that of Josephine Akello Komakegum, a candidate who lost the recent LCIV female councillors election in West Land A ward.
03 Feb 2021 18:15
Voters queue in Ayul A south Tecwa polling station in Pager Division to cast their votes on Wednesday.

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The elections of LCIII Women councillors in two polling stations in Westland Ward A in Central Division, Kitgum Municipality were called off after an extra name was found on the ballot paper.

Initially, the Electoral Commission nominated three candidates for the LCIII Women Councilors position in West Land A ward. They are Paula Aleng, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate, Beatrice Ayako of National Resistance Movement party-NRM, and Margaret Aneno, an independent candidate.

However, this morning when voters turned up to witness the ballot box opening to kick off the election process in Te-fene and Tecwa polling stations, they were shocked that four names instead of three were on the ballot.

The new name was that of Josephine Akello Komakegum, a candidate who lost the recent LCIV female councillors election in West Land A ward.

Simon Karungi Okot, the presiding officer for Te-Fene Polling station in Westland A confirmed the anomaly. He explains that the election was briefly halted at the polling station as they made consultations with the District Returning officer for nearly half an hour.

According to Okot, the election was later called off to avoid further interference with voting.

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Ayako one of the candidate, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the Electoral Commission for the mix-up in names on the ballot papers.

Aleng says she has already exhausted all her resources during the campaigns and wonders how she will raise money to carter for the agents she is meant to facilitate in the coming elections.

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Aleng, another candidate also noted that she had already spent a lot of money on facilitating her agents for today’s voting exercise. She says extending the elections to a different date will affect the numbers of votes they will get since some of the voters they had wooed would change their minds towards a different candidate.

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The District Returning officer Benjamin Ewal acknowledged the mix up in the names and notes that the elections for the councillors have been pushed to January 8th next week.

Meanwhile, in Agago district, complaints were raised by some candidates over the absence of their photos on the ballot papers. They say they have wasted time to submit their photos to the electoral commission but their photos haven’t been used on the ballot papers.

Churchill Okello, a candidate for LCIII Councilor in Oporot Ward in Patongo Town Council says he is so disappointed with the electoral commission for only using their names and symbols without a photo. He says the move may cost them votes.

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