Francis Obutu has emerged the winner of the hotly contested Member of parliament NRM party flag bearer in the new constituency, Tochi in Gulu district.
Francis Obutu is the National Resistance Movement party candidate for the newly created Tochi constituency parliamentary seat in Gulu district. Obutu emerged winner in hotly contested primaries on Saturday.
He garnered 2,096 votes to beat new NRM convert Francisco Watdok who polled 1,111 votes. Watdok defected recently to the ruling NRM from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party.
Douglas Kilama came third with 972 votes; Rose Nyapolo came fourth with 937 votes followed by Grace Atim Oleyowiya with 522, Isaac Oceng 284, Latek Odong 162 and Francis Nyero 27. However, the losers of the primaries claim the elections were not free and fair.
According to the losers, they were only notified about the polls on Friday, which denied them chance to mobilise their voters. Rose Nyapolo argues that voters were not sensitised and prepared adequately for the polls since the elections were postponed about four times. Nyapolo says in Lakwatomer village in Koro sub county ballot papers disappeared without a trace but the party Electoral Commission couldn't explain the anomaly.
According to Nyapolo, there are about 300 registered NRM party members in Lelarobaro village but only 100 ballot papers were delivered disenfranchising many voters. Latek Odong, another candidate says voting started after 1:00pm at most of the polling stations, which is unacceptable.
He says the elections were held in breach of the NRM Electoral guidelines, which renders the entire process null and void. George Ovola, the Gulu District NRM Party Registrar says those complaining about the polls are not comfortable with the results.
Ovola says the elections were conducted efficiently since it was the only exercise in the constituency. He however, says those who are uncomfortable with the poll results are free to petition the party Electoral Commission headquarters for redress.