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NRM Primary Election Losers Reject Results, Go Independent

According to Netalisire, there was heavy security deployment in areas where she had a lot o support, which intimidated voters. She says the NRM primary election results dont reflect the will of the people in Namisindwa district.
Two former candidates in the Namisindwa district National Resistance Movement party primaries have reject the poll results citing electoral malpractice. They are Sarah Netalisire Kayagi, the former contestant for the Namisindwa District Woman MP NRM party ticket and Jackson Wakweika, a former candidate for the LC V chairperson ticket.

Netalisire lost to Canon Grace Namakhula  Watuwa while Wakweika lost to George William Wopuwa, the former Busia District Chief Administrative Officer. However, the duo has rejected the poll results, saying the elections were marred with theft of ballot papers, result declaration forms, poor tallying and delayed polling among others.

"The exercise  was marred with many issues, changing of results distributing of less ballot papers leading to improvising with papers from exercise books, failure to deliver voting materials in time forcing polls to start at 3: 05 pm in one of the sub counties, “Netalisire said.

According to Netalisire, there was heavy security deployment in areas where she had a lot o support, which intimidated voters. She says the NRM primary election results don't reflect the will of the people in Namisindwa district. "They have exaggerated results. Voting on the same day, in the same ballot box but announcing different results “she charged. She claims that her results were changed to gift Canon Namakhula Watuwa with victory.

She also claims that some of her agents were arrested and beaten.  As a result, Netalisire decided to present herself for nomination on Friday as an Independent candidate. She will face off with Canon Grace Namakhula  Watuwa and the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate, Dorothy  Watsemba. Jackson Wakweika, the interim Namisindwa District LC V chairperson, has also rejected the NRM primary results, saying the elections were not free and fair.

"We had selection of candidates by NRM Secretariat,” he said. Adding that, the NRM Party Electoral Commission just selected candidates as opposed to using the poll results to declare the party candidate.  Wakweika also presented himself for nomination on Friday afternoon. Wakweika also presented himself for nomination to contest for the Namisindwa district LC V chairperson seat on Friday afternoon.

He will face off with his NRM rival, George William Wopuwa and the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate Fred Wekesa Wangila. Wycliffe Kitana, Namisindwa District NRM Party Registrar declined to comment on the accusations by the primary election losers.

However, John Kigyagi, the Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson who superintended the primaries, insists the elections were free and fair. He says that as a party they don't encourage the losers to go independent for fear that they will split voters. “We shall go into mobilization to make sure that our candidates win the September 21 elections,” he declared.

Namisindwa is one of the new districts, which came into force this financial year. Others include Bunyangabu, Rukiga, Butebo and Pakwach district.

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