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Disputed Mbale City Woman MP Results Referred to NRM EC Headquarters

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The decision was reached after the leading contenders the incumbent Mbale District Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayenze Ggaliwango and Lydia Wanyoto clashed on the tallying of votes from Lwaso, Namabasa and Bukonde Sub counties.
Bony Wamunga Mbale NRM Registrar addressing journalists in the RDC's Offcie
Security chiefs in Mbale have resolved to refer the disputed results from the Mbale City Woman MP primary elections to the National Resistance Movement-NRM party Electoral Commission headquarters in Kampala for investigations.

The decision was reached after the leading contenders the incumbent Mbale District Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayenze Ggaliwango and Lydia Wanyoto clashed on the tallying of votes from Lwaso, Namabasa and Bukonde Sub counties.

Nakayenze’s camp contested the results from the three sub counties, saying they had overly been inflated to favor Wanyoto. She also accused Wanyoto’s team of tampering with some declaration forms and altering the originals tally.

On Saturday, both candidates and their supporters pitched camp outside the Regional administrative block along Republic street where the the party leadership was expected to announce the final results in vain.  

Skirmishes broke out between the members of the rival camps prompting police to use teargas to disperse them.

As a result of the tension, the Mbale Resident District Commissioner, Suleiman Barasa Ogajo convened a closed door meeting involving the candidates, Distinct Police Commander, Internal Security Officer, Regional Police Commander, the 3rd Division Commander, Brigadier General, Joseph Balikudembe and the NRM electoral commission officials to end the stalemate.  

Ogajo told journalists shortly after that they had resolved to refer the issue of the contested results to the party headquarters as advised by the Party Electoral Commission.

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Bony Wamunga, the Mbale District NRM Registrar told journalists that he had directed all sub county registrars to submit all their declaration forms for onward transmission to Kampala for verification.

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Nakayenze welcomed the decision to refer the matter to Kampala, saying she is confident the truth will finally come out.

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Lydia Wanyoto declined to comment on the matter, saying they would comment later today.

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