“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.
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
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
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.