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EC to Spend UGX 900m On Busongora South By-Election

The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of NRM’s Gideon Mujungu Thembo last month on grounds that the elections were marred by gross irregularities.
02 Jul 2022 09:36
EC boss Justice Byabakama Simon addressing the press

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The Electoral Commission plans to spend about 900 Million Shillings on the Busongora South MP by-election.     The seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of NRM’s Gideon Mujungu Thembo last month on grounds that the elections were marred by gross irregularities.   Three Justices of Appeal led by Fredrick Egonda Ntende overturned the decision of the High Court in Fort Portal and concurred with Thembo’s rival Jackson Mbaju that there were irregularities at Katunguru Primary school, Katunguru Market, and Busunga Primary school polling stations in Kasese District.      Addressing journalists in Kasese on Friday, EC Chairperson, justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said the cost of the by-election has gone up because of the rising fuel costs.

He said that the money will be used to develop and update new poll registers, recruit, train, and pay electoral officials, print voter education and voting materials, and sensitization campaigns.  

Byabakama appealed to stakeholders to avoid mistakes that led to the nullification of the results. He explained that by-elections are financially draining the commission.

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Byabakama also added that there will be the registration of first-time voters who have turned 18 years since the last general elections.   This exercise is expected to last only five days.    

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The commission is yet to issue a roadmap for the by-election.

 

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