Three contestants who lost the southern division mayoral seat in
Jinja City to National Resistance Movement’s-NRM, Ashiraf Nasser have faulted
electoral commission officials of alleged voter fraud.
Southern Division is part of the newly created electoral areas
within Jinja City where polling exercise took place on Monday.
While declaring results on Tuesday evening, the Jinja City
Returning Officer, Jennifer Kyobutungi declared Nasser winner with 6,910 votes
followed by National Unity Platform’s-NUP flag bearer, Mohammed Musisi with
4,973 votes. Mubarak Kirunda, an independent candidate got 3,749 votes while Forum
for Democratic Change’s-FDC William Ebusa garnered 3,319 votes.
Led by Musisi, the losers say that, Nasser was declared a winner without
conclusively tallying results from four wards within the division which creates
suspicion of possible voter fraud.
Musisi says that they struggled to present their complaints before Kobutungi but
she instead called them out of order and directed security operatives to arrest
them. Musisi adds that he was pepper-sprayed and battered while
attempting to oppose some of the results that were being tallied.
//cue in: “olwa leero…
Ebusa says that candidates attempted to oppose some of the
election results from polling stations which did not tally with their
declaration of results forms, but they were instead assaulted by police
personnel without their complaints being heard.
However, Kyobutungi dismissed the allegations and tasked all
aggrieved parties to seek court redress as she lacks the mandate to handle such
On his part, Nasser pledged to agitate for the enactment of bylaws
aimed at improving garbage collection and the general social welfare of city
dwellers within his jurisdiction.