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Busia Residents Stuck with Two LC I Chairpersons

Augustin Okawo, another resident wants the position of chairperson declared vacant and fresh elections held to save residents from the confusion
20 Aug 2019 12:50

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Residents of Alupe Village in Mawero Parish in Buteba Sub County in Busia district are stranded with two local council chairpersons.  

Philip Ekisa, an independent and Sam Sihaire, the incumbent chairperson and National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate claim to have won the village polls and were declared by the Electoral Commission in the 2018 polls.

 

However, a copy of the results seen by URN from the Busia Electoral Commission office shows that Philip Ekisa garnered 203 polls while Sam Sihaire collected 204 votes. 

Residents are now stuck with both chairpersons and don’t know the right person to go to in case they need services.  

George Onyango, one of the elders in the village, says the parallel leadership has caused confusion among residents in the area.

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Augustin Okawo, another resident wants the position of chairperson declared vacant and fresh elections held to save residents from the confusion.

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Sam Sihaire, the incumbent chairperson says he was given the declaration form by the Returning Officer confirming that he garnered 204 votes. He wonders how his opponent got the declaration form and village stamp.     

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Philip Ekisa says he was officially handed the office stamp by Walter Iriama, the then Busia Chief Administrative Officer who he said officially declared him the village chairperson.   

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Steven Okunyuku, the Buteba Sub County LC III chairperson also wonders how two people got declaration forms declaring them winners. 

Paul Kalikwan, the Deputy Busia Resident District Commissioner, says the confusion in the village is a security threat and asked Electoral Commission to sort out the menace in the village.     

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Moses Jimmy Makumbuko, the Mawero ParishSsupervisor, says the confusion started during the election after the presiding officer halted the election. 

The Busia District Registrar couldn’t be reached for comment.

However, an official in his office who spoke on conditions of anonymity said the issue of Alupe village was forwarded to the Electoral Commission headquarters.

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