The majority of these independent candidates who ended up winning the races albeit with small margins, contested in NRM primaries but chose to contest as independents after being defeated from within the party. A number of those who lost have now run to court to try and nullify the outcome.
At least 50 Members of Parliament-elect won their races with less than 500 votes, according to an analysis of the parliamentary results
released by the Electoral Commission. The majority of these are either independent candidates or belong to
the ruling National
Resistance Movement-NRM party.
The majority of
independent candidates who ended up winning the races albeit
small margins, contested in NRM primaries but chose to contest as independents after being defeated from within the party. A number of those who lost have now run to
court to try and nullify the outcome.
In Kilak County North, Anthony Akol, a candidate of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party, got 6,534 votes
defeating Ojera Christopher of NRM with a difference of 168 votes. Ojera got 6366 votes.
In the Arua Central division, NRM’s Jackson Atima Lee got 6,570 votes against Kassiano Wadri’s 6,038 defeating him with 532 votes.
Paul Chelimo of NRM in Kongasis county in Bukwo district defeated independent
candidate Sabila Nelson with 6821 against 6714. The difference between the two
candidates was 107 votes. In Bughendera county south in Bundibugyo district,
independent candidate Acrobert Kiiza Moses defeated NRM’s Kibazanga Christopher
with 13,897 against 13,462 respectively. The difference between the winner and
the loser was just 435 votes.
In Busia district Samia Bugwe south constituency,
independent candidate, Were Godfrey Odero defeated his closet challenger NRM’s
Maganda Julius Wandera with only 287 votes. Were got 8,098 votes against
Maganda’s 7811 votes.
In Dokolo North, NRM’s Ogwal Moses Goli defeated his
challenger, the incumbent, Amoru Paul with a difference of 248 votes only.
Ogwal got 11,428 while Amoru got 11,180. In Fort Portal North Division, Margret
Muhanga survived narrowly having defeated her rival independent candidate,
Ruhundwa Solomon with only 91 votes. Muhanga got 7911 votes against Ruhundwa’s
In the Hoima West division, NRM’s Ruyonga Joseph escaped defeat from
ANT’s Kasule Ismail with a difference of just 157 votes. Ruyonga scored 6369
votes against Kasule’s 6212 votes. In Ibanda north, Kyooma Xavier of NRM scored
13,186 votes against his closest rival independent candidate, Guma Gumiisiriza
who scored 13,186 votes. The difference between the two candidates was 327
In neighbouring Ibanda municipality, NRM’s Rwaburindore Tarsis defeated
independent candidate, Agaba Peter with only 356 votes. Rwaburindore scored
16,088 votes against Agaba’s 15,682 votes.
In Iganga municipality, independent candidate, Peter
Mugema defeated FDC’s Abed Nasser Mudiobole with 109 votes. Mugema scored 6621
while Mudiobole scored 6512 votes.
In Kigulu North, NRM’s Kyatulaga Fred Bwino defeated
independent candidate, Badogi Ismail Waguma with 406 votes only. Kyakulaga
scored 14,560 votes against Badogi’s 14,154 votes. In Isingiro west, Arinaitwe Reuben, an independent, defeated NRM’s candidate Tumwesigye Anthony with just a paltry
17 votes. Arinaitwe scored 7,975 votes against Twumwesigye’s 7,975 votes.
In Jinja South division east, NRM’s Igeme Nathan
Nabeta defeated ANT’s Paul Mwirue with just 237 votes. Nabeta scored 5,817 votes
against Mwiru’s 5580votes.
In Kaabong district’s Dodoth East, Komol Emmanuel,
an independent defeated NRM’s Lokeris Samson with just 11 votes. Komol got 7,903 votes against Lokeris’ 7892
votes. In Ndorwa East, independent candidate, Wilfred Niwagaba survived by a
whisker having got 15,962 against his closest rival Begumisa Protazio’s 15826
votes. The difference between the two was 136 votes.
In Ochero County of
Kaberamaido District, Emigu Julius of the FDC, defeated NRM’s Isala Eragu
Veronica with 458 votes. The latter got 4284 votes against the former’s 4742.
In Bugagaizi south in Kakumiro district, Tumwesigye Josephat of NRM defeated
independent candidate Lubega George with 470 votes.
For Kyamuswa county in
Kalangala district, FDC’s Kabuusu Moses defeated his rival Birungi Carolyn
Nanyondo of NRM with 392 votes. In
Bugabula North in Kmauli district, Teira John of NRM defeated his closet rival,
Mulindwa George, an independent with 168 votes. Teira got 11,181 votes against
Others who also won with very narrow margins include
Lokwang Philphs [NRM] in Napore west, Karenga district, who won with a
difference of 199 votes, Thembo Gideon [NRM] in Busongora south who won with a
difference of 79 votes, Tayebwa Herbert [NRM], Kashongi County, 290 votes. In
Matheniko county, Lokii John NRM, defeated his opponent with 192 votes. In
Bukooli south county Adidwa an independent defeated his rivals with just 46
In Bukimbiri county, Kisoro district, Eddie Kwizera
[NRM] won with a difference of 491 votes while in Kitgum, municipality,
Onekalit Denis of FDC defeated the state minister of environment Beatrice Atim
Anwar with only 211 votes. In Koboko North, Musa Noah an independent won with
317 votes. In Kwania county, Ayoo Tonny of NRM won with a difference of 180
votes. In Soi County, Chemaswet Abdi of NRM defeated his closet rival with 302
Others who defeated their rivals with less than 500 votes include,
Akugizibwe Aled [NRM], Buruli county, Businge Joab [FDC] Masindi municipality,
Wambede Seth [NRM], Mbale northern division, Nsegumire Muhammad [NRM], Mityana
North, Hashim Sulaiman [NRM], Nebbi municipality, Achayo Juliet [NRM], Ngora
county, Omara Paul, [Independent], Otuke County, Ogwari Polycarp [independent],
Agule county Paliisa, Orone Derrick[NRM]
Gogonyo County Paliisa district, Ndyomugyenyi Roland, Rukiga county,
Mushemeza Elijah Sheema south, Attan Okia Moses [FDC] Soroti east division,
Ekanya Geofrey [FDC], Tororo north county, Okorimoe Janet [NRM], Abim woman, Atuto
Jacinta [NRM] Kapelebyong woman and Tumwine Anne [NRM] Ntoroko woman.