According to Okabe, the election was a total sham as it was conducted without consideration of democratic principles of the party. He claims that the NRM voters in the constituency were inflated with ghost voters.
The Serere County Member of Parliament, Patrick Okabe has said the decision by
the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party to use lining up in the primary elections was a huge mistake. Okabe made the comment while addressing a press
conference in Soroti where he announced his decision rejecting the outcome of
the party primaries in his constituency.
According to the results, Okabe garnered 10,302 votes while Phillip
Oucor who was declared winner polled 18,751 votes. Okabe describes the
primaries as a total sham, saying it was conducted in disregard of the democratic
principles of the party. He claims that the number of voters was inflated in Serere
constituency with ghost voters.
Okabe also reveals that although polls didn’t take place at more
than five Polling Stations in Omagoro parish in Kateta Sub County, they were
included on the tally, something he notes cost him the party flag.
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Okabe, who has petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission in Kampala, wants the
results nullified, lest he contests on the Independent ticket. He says the election
was mismanaged, which he attributes to the voting system used for the
Okabe, who doubles as the Chairperson of Teso Parliamentary Group,
says the decision of lining up of voters in NRM primaries needs to be revised.
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In July, the Central Executive Committee (CEC), the supreme organ of the NRM
rejected the secret ballot system and supported lining up to ensure
transparency and credibility of the electoral process. CEC also argued that
secret ballot process was costly in terms of printing ballot papers and other
However, Okabe’s other rival, Samuel Otaala says the
election was free and fair. In his statement published by his aides, Otaala
concedes defeat and pledges to rally behind the party flag bearer, Phillip
Oucor. “The party Primary Elections went well and there was no rigging and I
thank the NRM party Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi for
organizing these elections”, Otaala’s post reads in part.
Nine NRM MPs lost the Primaries across Teso Sub Region. Majority of them have
expressed discontent over the election.