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Serere, Kumi NRM Winners Declared Despite Glaring Irregularities

“I am surprised to hear that I got 110 votes in my polling station. To be honest, in this house, I got only ten votes and the winner there had 101 votes. How come that I was added 100 votes and the winner more than 500 votes? Something is fishy in this election and the officials know what they did at the polling stations”, one of the candidates said.
Julius Oluka, the NRM Flag bearer of Serere Distrct.

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Winners in the Kumi and Serere District Chairperson race have been declared amidst glaring irregularities that marred the elections.

The NRM District Registrar of Kumi, Sam Obuya Ogwang announced Mandela Elungat as a flag bearer after polling 60,093 votes against his closest rival Stephen Opolot who got 34,845 votes. The other three candidates, John Francis Okipi got 3,403 votes, Emmanuel Maraka 1,172 votes and Alice Asele trailed with 995 votes.

In some sub-counties like Mukongoro, especially in the newly created Kadami and Ongino sub-county, NRM registered more than 2,000 voters in some villages, the number that determined the winner in the race. It took the intervention of the army to enable the registrar to announce results as chaos started ensuing from supporters of different candidates.

Ogwang, who hesitated to announce the results wondered how the numbers of voters shot up within a week after the Parliamentary party elections. In the Parliamentary election, the total number of votes cast for the District Woman MP aspirants was only 58,950 but the local government polls had 100,512 voters.

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In Serere, there was massive inflation of votes in the declaration forms, a number almost twice the expected voters for each polling station. This was witnessed in Kadungulu and Kateta Sub Counties.

In Kadungulu Sub County, there was an irregular increase in the number of voters registered in five polling stations, a situation that affected the final tally for the councillors. In Ojomai Polling Station, out of 233 registered voters, 590 people voted while in Agule 681 people voted against 250 registered voters.

The same scenario was registered in Amoru Polling Station with 567 people voting, yet the register had only 356 registered voters, Akwangalet had 737 people voting against 224 registered voters and Kagwara C had 647 people voting out of 227 registered voters. In Kateta Sub County, almost all the results had been inflated in hundreds in favour of one candidate.

Richard Olinga, one of the aspirants for the Kateta District Male Councilor's flag confessed to the NRM Officials at the tally centre that votes were messed up at the sub-county headquarters, on their way to the district tally centre.

“I am surprised to hear that I got 110 votes in my polling station. To be honest, in this house, I got only ten votes and the winner there had 101 votes. How come that I was added 100 votes and the winner more than 500 votes? Something is fishy in this election and the officials know what they did at the polling stations”, he said.

Although Margret Alupo Opol, one of the candidates for the Serere District Chairperson race tried to protest the likely outcome of the election, she wasn’t given an audience by the party election officials who urged her to put her concerns in writing.

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Samuel Irioko, the Serere NRM Registrar asked all the dissatisfied candidates to present their cases to the office for follow-up. Several candidates who lost have expressed interest to contest as independent candidates on ground that the party primaries were not free or fair.