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Declaration of NRM Primaries Results Cancelled in Bundibugyo

The Resident District Commission Grace Asiimwe says that they resolved to halt the exercise after realizing that supporters of various candidates especially for Bughendera County had started threatening the electoral officials and their opponents.
Bundibugyo RDC addressing polling agents nd officials to the position to suspend vote tallying

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The declaration of results for NRM primaries in Bundibugyo District have been halted.

The decision followed a security meeting chaired by the Resident District Commission Grace Asiimwe and members of the NRM electoral commission on Saturday.

Though voting in the district was largely peaceful, concerns of varying figures on the declaration forms caused tensions in the tally room.

On Friday police had to fire live bullets to disperse crowds that were demanding party electoral officials to declare the results or call for fresh elections.

The fracas prompted an impromptu meeting where the party’s electoral officials and security personnel resolved to suspend the exercise to avoid what seemed to be looming violence in the district.

Asiimwe says that they resolved to halt the exercise after realizing that supporters of various candidates especially for Bughendera County had started threatening the electoral officials and their opponents.

She added that they have contacted the chairperson NRM electoral commission Dr Tanga Odoi to take up the declaration of the results exercise.

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Earlier the district registrar NRM party registrar Robert Kifunga Aguma had called for a temporary halt of vote tallying after the Bughendera county MP Christopher Kibanzanga tried to storm the tally centre.  He was repulsed by supporters of his opponent Acrobat Kiiza Moses.

However, the decision to cancel declaration of the results has attracted mixed reactions from agents and some aspirants.

Edward Kyomuhendo who was representing Woman MP Contestant Harriet Ntabzai at the tally centre welcomed the decision. He hopes with the team from the party headquarters will guide on the irregularities independently. 

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Rashid Bwambale doubts whether the top party electoral officials will change anything. He says the district must be held responsible for being ineffective.

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Kibanzanga welcomed the decision to involve the top EC in the process saying the delay had already created an environment where no one could concede defeat. 

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