Akiror also faults the district NRM chairperson for allegedly siding with her rivals to ferry nonmembers to vote for them. She says that the District Chairperson ignored the guidelines issued by their National Party Chairperson on the elections where voters from seven polling stations in her strongholds were blocked from voting.
Agnes Jaff Akiror Egunyu, the Teso Affairs State Minister
and three incumbent legislators in Teso sub-region have rejected the National
Resistance Movement-NRM party primary election results.
Akiror ran against four rivals for the NRM party ticket for
the newly created Kapir County MP seat in Ngora District and lost to Dr.
Abraham Isamat, the former Ngora County MP.
She has since rejected the results,
saying the election was marred by irregularities where non-NRM party members including
children were allowed to vote.
Akiror also faults the district NRM chairperson for allegedly siding with her
rivals to ferry nonmembers to vote for them. She says that the District
Chairperson ignored the guidelines issued by their National Party Chairperson
on the elections where voters from seven polling stations in her strongholds
were blocked from voting.
Akiror came second with 6,988 votes as Dr. Isamat triumphed with 8,104 votes.
The other candidates; Moses Olich Edepu got 1,690 votes, Charles Opio 609 votes
and James Ecaat trailed with 406 votes. The minister says she will decide her
next course of action in a meeting with her campaign taskforce and other
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But John Michael Okello, the Ngora District NRM Chairperson, says he played his
part to ensure that the polls are peaceful and without any influence from
candidates. He, however, insists that the party wouldn’t register new members on
polling day, a situation that he notes could have not gone well with the
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The situation isn't unique to Akiror and Ngora District as other candidates who
lost have come out to reject the results from the Friday elections. Three legislators
including the Serere County, Patrick Okabe, Kalaki Woman MP, Maria Goretti Ajilo
and her Katakwi Counterpart, Violet Akurut Adome are also up in arms against
Okabe argues that the election was polarized by several irregularities in a
social media post shared his aides. He insists that the elections were neither
free nor fair citing manipulation of voters. Okabe, who threatens to quit the
party, says the battle isn’t over yet.
“The election exercise was not conducted in the spirit of the NRM party. The
NRM party spirit has gone low among NRM members. There are still several
options. We are consulting and prayerfully seeking guidance on the next step of
action. I appeal to my NRM supporters and the general public to remain calm and
the next step of action will be announced soon either to join NUP or ANT God
knows”, Okabe’s post reads.
Reports from Kalaki indicate that Ajilo is compiling
details of the election irregularities in the district to determine her next
cause of action.