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Minister Holds Demo Over Delayed Release of Election Results

The State minister for Minerals, Ms Sarah Achieng Opendi, has called for the immediate release of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party election results for the Tororo Woman MP seat.

During a peaceful demonstration with her supporters in Tororo Municipality at the weekend, Ms Opendi, who is also the incumbent district woman MP, said she is disappointed by the NRM electoral commission (EC) over what she termed as “deliberately delay to declare the winner” of the September 4 party primaries.

Both Ms Opendi and her main challenger, Ms Jacinta Ayo, claim to have won the elections.

Ms Opendi got more votes from Tororo County and her counterpart garnered more votes in West Budama.

The NRM Secretariat gazetted two voting venues in the district, one in Tororo County and another in West Budama due to ongoing tribal conflict between the Iteso and Jopadhola.

The woman MP results were referred to the NRM EC after the Tororo NRM party registrar failed to announce the winner on September.

Ms Opendi said she has waited for long and her supporters are questioning the motive behind the delay.

“We hoped that the commission was going to handle the matter quickly and announce the winner but this is not what happened,” Ms Opendi said.

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She said it is abnormal for the commission to take about a month without announcing the outcome of results as it has done in other positions across the country.

“l am so disappointed with the commission headed by Dr Odoi Tanga. It has failed to come out and announce me as the winner despite results indicating that I won with a landslide,” she said.

According to the minister, the results from her tally centre indicate that she had polled 69,996 votes while her rival, Ms Ayo had got 56,672 votes. Ms Ayo and her supporters dispute the results.

Ms Ayo, who was earlier declared winner based on the provisional results from West Budama County, maintains that she won the race.

“I won the elections and l am not bothered by what other people are alleging. I am the winner, so the NRM flag bearer,” she said.

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