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In Soroti district, the Return Form for Transmission of Results Woman parliamentary elections had 2,618 votes above the presidential score of 64,937 valid votes while Serere district had 2,019 votes above the presidential tally of 75,276 valid votes cast for all the eleven candidates.
Voters in Soroti lining up at Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

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Woman parliamentary candidates in Teso sub-region scored more votes compared to presidential candidates in January 14th, 2021 polls. Woman candidates in Soroti and Serere district had more than 2000 votes in excess compared to the total votes cast for the presidential candidates on the same day. 

In Soroti district, the Return Form for Transmission of Results Woman parliamentary elections had 2,618 votes above the presidential score of 64,937 valid votes while Serere district had 2,019 votes above the presidential tally of 75,276 valid votes cast for all the eleven candidates.

Districts like Kumi, Katakwi and Amuria had more than 1,000 votes in excess for the Woman parliamentary polls while the rest had more than 500 votes in excess.  In addition to the excess votes for Woman parliamentary candidates, there were more invalid and spoilt votes for presidential candidates.

In Serere, Presidential candidates had 3,896 invalid and 166 spoilt votes while Woman MPs had only 1,839 invalid and 72 spoilt votes. In Kumi district, presidential candidates had 3,336 invalid votes but the Woman MP had only 1,763 while in Kaberamaido district, the presidential tally sheet has 1,456 invalid votes while Woman MP had only 654 votes. 

In most of the districts, invalid and spoilt votes for the president doubled what Women MP candidates got.  Except for Soroti City, the constituency parliamentary polls also registered more invalid votes compared to the Woman parliamentary candidates in all other districts of Teso sub-region. 

Deo Natukunda, the Teso Sub Region Elections Officer, says that whereas it is a new occurrence in his experience, voters have the liberty to vote a candidate of their choice. He explains that the varying votes could mean that more voters were interested in the parliamentary election compared to President and direct constituency elections.  

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Emmanuel Aminu, a Polling Assistant at Islamic Polling Station in Soroti City East Division recalls having two voters who specifically demanded to vote for the president and not MPs.

“When those people came, we insisted to give them ballot papers for the other categories and during the counting of votes, we found some ballot papers instead written, not ticked or thumped as required. That is what increased the number if invalid votes”, he said.

However, in Katakwi district, both the Presidential and Parliamentary tally sheets didn’t have invalid or spoilt votes. The invalid and spoilt votes were only recorded in Local Government elections.

Charles Okure, a former candidate for the Ngariam County parliamentary seat describes the January elections in Katakwi as a sham. He notes that besides heavy security deployment that meddled in the process, results were tampered with on their way to the tally center.

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But Martin Musoke, the Katakwi District Returning Officer, says that they had a system break down that didn’t reflect invalid votes for the presidential and parliamentary election result. He, however, says the system was rectified in the local government elections.  

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At least six people who lost in the parliamentary elections have expressed their intentions to petition the outcome of the January polls in court.