George William Katokoozi, the NRM elections registrar for Sembabule declared Kaguta aka Sodo the winner with a total of 17, 343 votes beating Shartsi Musherure Kuteesa who polled 16,104 votes and Salim Kisekka who emerged last with 4,274 votes
For more than ten years, drivers been operating on a four-months renewable contract which they say makes then uncertain of the future. Their current contracts expire on 31st October 2020 and they say they have not received any information of renewal. Usually, the renewal process starts in the third month of the contract.
On Wednesday, Bushenyi NRM registrar, Archangel Barekye, says the voting was suspended because the youth who petitioned the party's electoral commission were demanding for the findings from the tribunal which were not yet ready.
In the weeks leading to today's nomination exercise, Mayanja was involved in a number of controversies in pursuit of the NUP flag, which he eventually failed to get and chose to contest as an independent candidate.
The FDC candidate Anthony Muhwezi who was defeated by NRM’s Ronald Bagamuhunda for the Committee Chairperson seat claims that the Resident District Commissioner Kabale Darius Nandinda bribed each youth with 30,000 shillings to vote only NRM candidates.
As it stands now, NRM gets the biggest chunk of this funding, followed by the FDC, DPC, UPC and JEEMA gets the least. However the political parties say they have not got this money now for two years despite it having been appropriated by Parliament.
Lukwago arrived at at the nomination centre at 1 p.m, amidst tight security. But the situation turned rowdy after police blocked the road with metallic barricades to stop the huge numbers of people he had come with. Many had been at the nomination centre earlier, to wait for his arrival.
But Kabasharira accused Dr Odoi of lying that he visited the four contested villages, yet he was taken on a guided visit by Rukutana’s people. Her main point of contention is in four villages where she says results were either doctored or no elections were held at all. The four villages include; Nyakahita, Ruyonza, Rwakabira and Rugongi. “God of the heavens should help us because the chairman is not telling the truth,” said Kabasharira.
According to the party guidelines issued on Tuesday, the voters were supposed to start by participating in the election of the constituency MPs after which they would proceed to vote for the women MP Aspirants. But many of the voters left the polling stations after the first process.
Ahead of the official closure of nominations on October 1, scores of aspirants for local council positions flocked the centre today, in a rush to beat the deadline. Many of them were accompanied by hundreds of supporters, crowding the nomination centre, in contravention of the COVID-19 guidelines issued by both the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health.
The 46 CSO’s include National NGO Forum, Africa Freedom of Information Centre, Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), Coalition Centre for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU), Centre for Basic Research, Action for Development (ACFODE) and Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE).
A police patrol vehicle, filled with police officers is packed in front of the entrance blocking access of non-authorised personnel. Entrance is, at the moment limited to aspirants and journalists, who are first scrutinised, while all the rest are advised to keep a safe distance, away from the nomination centre.
Sembabule Resident District Commissioner Nickson Niwagaba says that they had deployed at least 200 police officers in each of the nine sub-counties to prevent eventualities similar to the ones that led to the cancellation of the polls on September 4, when violence erupted in many parts of the district.
As at 25th September 2020, 82 aspirants had collected nomination and supporter forms to be filled in. They including nine females, namely: Faith Amaro, Maureen Kyalya, Pamela Amolo, Juliana Grace Kabarungi, Linda Nancy Kalembe, Janet Kataha Komugisha, Brenda Katushemererwe, Elizabeth Katwe Lugudde and Phiona Mirembe
The act initially capped the age for contestants for LCIII chairperson positions, sub-county, municipal or city division level at 30 and 75. As a result, several aspirants have been blocked by the Electoral Commission, in the ongoing nomination exercise.
This follows a petition filed by Rubanda district chairman Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, his main challenger in the race to Parliament. Musasizi had been announced the winner on September 5 after collecting 23,330 defeating Biryabarema who garnered 22,412 votes.