The National Resistance Movement-NRM party Electoral Commission has come under fire from party supporters in Namisindwa district for providing inadequate equipment and deploying unqualified staff during the primaries elections. On Tuesday, NRM party members in the newly created districts across the country voted for their candidates for the Mayoral, LC V chairperson and Woman MP Seats.
However, voters in Namisindwa district, say the polls were marred with delays due to inadequate supply of equipment and deployment of incompetent personnel. The complaints stem from the delayed release of the poll results, which dragged on for several hours until Wednesday afternoon.
Both the voters and candidates fault the NRM EC for providing a single computer at the tally center that was used to tally results from 816 villages. Our reporter saw the NRM EC staff led by John Kigyagi, the Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairman fidgeting to enter the results in the computer.
At some point, the staff got stuck because the computer couldn't print the results prompting them to beg for two laptops from voters to enable expedite the tallying process. George William Wopuwa, the winner of the NRM party LC 5 chairperson ticket led the voters in prayer for the successful completion of the exercise.
Some of the voters lost their patience leading to a heated exchange with the Electoral Commission officials.
Voters shouting at the staff.
David Masaba, one of the NRM supporters accused the party Electoral Commission for deploying inexperienced staff whose computer skills were wanting. Stephen Mweru, one of the candidates wondered how the party could send a single computer for the entire district primaries.
He says the party secretariat has uphill task to return to the district and unite those dissatisfied with the results. John Kigyagi, the Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairman apologized to the voters, saying he had limited staff who had issues since they were trainees.
Canon Grace Namakhula Watuwa, the former Budaka Chief Administrative Officer emerged winner of the Namisindwa Woman MP ticket. She garnered 42,660 votes beating her immediate rival, Sarah Netalisire Kayagi, the former Manafwa woman MP who managed 33,943 votes. Leah Juliet Wanyenya came third with 3,953 votes.
George William Wopuwa polled 19,622 votes beating his rivals Jackson Wakweika who got 13,508 votes,
Michael Omumya Omangungo 4,258 votes and Stephen Mwelu Lukunyu with 1,772 votes.