According to provisional results prior to the cancellation of results, of the three candidates, Betty Atim was leading the race with 2,707 votes, her closes rival Sharon Balmoi had polled 2,664 votes while Maya Auma had 581 votes.
Only 55 per cent of the total results expected across 172 polling stations in Cwero, Paicho, Awach, Palaro, Bungatira, and Patiko Sub-Counties had been signed, delivered and declared by George Obwola Ebola, the District Election Officer by the time the downpour started.
Last month, three female juveniles were admitted in critical conditions at Police Health Center III after they were gang raped in darkness by unknown assailants around Kaunda Grounds in Bardege Division. The incident happened during a trans night religious crusade but no arrest was made.
The deceased were identified as Gladys Nabatanzi, 34, and her elder son Fahad Nsereko, 12 while the injured are Naisha Nabagereka, 3, and Mahad Musito, 5, all residents of Sekanusu village in Wobulenzi town.
The northern Uganda towns of Gulu, Lira and Kitgum, among others, have faced dire power outages in the recent past, mainly as a result of bush burning and vandalism. The notable affected areas by bush fire includes, Lira town, Puranga, Agweng in Lira district and Ibuje in Apac district among others.
According to sources at the hospital that preferred anonymity, the hospital was covered in darkness at around 9:00 pm. This forced some women to seek medical services from other government medical facilities.
On Thursday afternoon, residents lit bonfires using old vehicle tyres, saying they have repeatedly petitioned power distributors Umeme to repair the faulty transformer in vain. They said the power outage has fueled crime in the area prompting them to demonstrate to express their anger.
Meanwhile, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, the countrys water supply and sanitation company has asked Kampala residents to use water sparingly as a result of power outage. This communication was made through their twitter nwscug.
The business community accuses UMEME of frustrating their work by failing to stabilise inconsistent electricity supply over the last two weeks. The traders had mobilised to stage a public demonstration today if power was not restored.
Umeme Chief Executive Officer, Selestino Babungi says annually vandalizing of power distribution equipment like transformers, conductors, poles and pylons cost seven billion Shillings while theft of power totals 100 billion Shillings.
The hospital currently lacks vital drugs. Power supply is unstable. The X-ray machine remains closed as the hospital is yet to fulfil the conditions that led to its closure. In June this year, the Uganda Atomic Energy Council AEC-Uganda ordered the closure of the X-Ray and Scan machine section of the hospital saying it was below the required standards.
The lives of at least 21 premature babies are at risk at Masaka Hospital due to power outages which have left the newly opened unit in a blackout. Early this week, Umeme disconnected power supply at Masaka Hospital to carry out maintenance work on the hospital special line which has been providing uninterrupted power.