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Mbale NRM Primaries: Galiwango Boycotts Election Re-Run, Confirms Independent Ticket

The Incumbent Woman Member of Parliament of Mbale District, Connie Nakayenze Galiwango has confirmed that she will stand as an independent candidate for the position of Woman MP of Mbale City, in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

Galiwango, who since the beginning of this week questioned the credibility of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) internal electoral commission made this revelation after the commission released provisional results that put her opponent in the lead.

According to the results released by John Arimpa, the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Lydia Wanyoto had 28,061 votes, followed by Galiwango with 18,872 votes; Jalia Namasaba had 2,824 votes and Shadia Luwungule trailed with 1,462 votes.

The provisional results according to Arimpa are from 331 villages out of 389.

Arimpa revealed that dates for the rerun in these 58 villages, where the results are missing will be set soon.

Protesting to these announcements however, Galiwango said she will not be participating in the vote re-run in the said villages and vowed to run on an independent ticket.

“They have now rushed to give false and doctored results that I have been defeated and the 129 cells where we are supposed to vote again have been reduced to 58,” she said adding,

“They know that even if I win in all the 58 cells, I can’t beat their doctored results, which I am not even allowed to see. I am not willing to participate in open day falsehood of voting in only 58 cells. I am coming as an independent”

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The Mbale City Woman MP polls which took place on September 04, were marred with claims of violence, bribery corruption and altering of results, which compelled the party leadership to forward the declaration of the winner to the Headquarters in Kampala.

The 20 member NRM Commission Tribunal that was put in place to probe the polls wrangles last week summoned the Mbale district NRM registrar, Bonnie Wamunga to answer to different charges that he was accused of.

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