The NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi announced Mugisa’s victory at the Kitoba sub-county headquarters in Hoima around 8:45 pm on Monday. Mugisa defeated five contenders in the by-election. He garnered 11,318 votes, which translates to 53.4 percent of the total votes cast.
There was no regard for COVID-19 guidelines, of social distancing, washing hand and wearing face masks as supporters of the different candidates converged either in the jubilation of protest of the outcome.
Byaruhanga was declared the winner with 8,987 votes defeating Moses Mubiru who polled 3,022 votes. The other people in the race included Adam Kibuka who garnered 2,430 votes accounting and James Buteera Kiyonga who managed only 76 votes.
URN observed a group of voters being mobilised to run and vote from Ntinda Primary School with three polling stations after they had voted from the Ntinda School of the deaf with two polling stations. The two centres are in close proximity to each other.
Abdul Swamadu Baker, one of the Presiding officers in Makindye, who was in charge of St. Paul Primary School zone told URN that he is given 12,500 Shillings a day, despite spending the entire day on his feet, under the scorching sun, or sometimes enduring heavy downpours.
The Victor, Kaboyo had 11,074 votes at the end of the tally, while Fredrick Alibankoha, the former LCIII Chairperson of Kahoora division in the former Hoima Municipality who also contested for the same seat came third with 1,064 votes. The results were declared by Brian Mugenyi, the Hoima district NRM Registrar last night.
Kazibwe defeated his closest rival Ssebana Kizito With 3,804 votes against Kizito's 3,170 votes according to partial results read out by the NRM electoral team at the tally centre, Naguru Infant Primary school following elections held on Friday. Ahmed Bogere Masembe got a paltry 104 votes in the same race.
The contestants who include area MP Innocent Pentagon Kamusiime, former MP Samuel Ssemugaba, Peter Babu Kabango, Patrick Nyanzi Bingi and Richard Ruhinda Nganwa say that one of the contenders; Micheal Katungi, who had been defeated in the polls held on Friday, was, instead, declared the winner of the race, under unclear circumstances.
The deceased identified as Teresa Akiror, a resident of Apule Village in Kapujan Sub County was killed by a stray bullet when violence ensued between the supporters of Elakas and Joseph Andrew Koluo, who were both contesting for Toroma County NRM Flag. The two contenders lost the race to Julius Ossiya.
Mislam Eburu, the Sub County Supervisor of Kyere Sub County says he couldn’t risk allowing voting when voters failed to cooperate with the officials at the polling station. He explains that some people turned violent when officials asked them to wear masks and keep a distance from each other.
In Nyakoi Village in Kachumbala Sub County, more than three quarters of the registered voters failed to turn to vote this morning. Some of the voters at the polling station said they fear for the aftermath of the elections since lining up exposes one’s choice.
In Kapir Primary School Polling Station, there is a serious struggle for voters as they come to the polling station between agents of Moses Olich Edepu and Teso Affairs Minister, Agnes Jaff Akiror. Both candidates are struggling for Kapir County MP as NRM Flag Bearer.
According to Dr Tanga Odoi the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, some of these candidates are in NRM strongholds which means that chances are very high that they will go through unopposed during the national elections.
Some of the vehicles intercepted include for Serere County aspirant, Phillip Oucor, Dakebela County Aspirant, Vincent Enomu, Soroti East Municipality Aspirant, Jimmy Ekemu and Soroti City Woman MP aspirant, Emily Amulo.