Rubanda West NRM Primaries Called Off

National Resistance Movement election for Rubanda West Member of Parliament flag bearer has been called off, after several irregularities were identified.

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Elections for National Resistance Movement Primaries in Kabale Municipality and Rubanda West have been called off.

The party\'s Kabale district registrar, Maurice Kaitaba made the decision following protests from aspirants and their supporters.

Kaitaba says six out of the seven aspirants had genuine concerns to warrant a postponement. Six aspirants including Eng. Denis Sabiiti, Moses Kamuntu Mwongyera, Robert Mathias Muhereza, African Byarugaba Kikabenika, Rtd Capt Abel Muhumuza and Abel Karegyesa all rejected the party primaries. Only incumbent Henry Banyenzaki insisted the exercise should go on.

Kaitaba explains that there were many anomalies that needed to be addressed.

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Eng. Sabiiti says they have got evidence that pre-ticked ballot papers were already in circulation.

He adds that several villages appear on the register, but there no ballot papers enclosed for them. 

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Banyenzaki however insists the irregularities were not enough to cause the postponement of the elections.

In Kabale Municipality, the exercise was called off after aspirants failed to agree on the missing ballot papers for seven polling stations.

Two aspirants, Dr. Francis Runumi and Dr. Nicholas Kamara agreed to use improvised ballot papers, but the idea was rejected by Prof .Augustus Nuwagaba, another aspirant.

Meanwhile, voting is going on in Rubanda East, Ndorwa East, Ndorwa West and Rukiga County. Voting for the district woman parliamentary flag bearer had not started by press time due to lack of voting materials.