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Month-Long Wait for Mbale NRM Primaries Results Ends Tomorrow

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission has announced that will re-conduct elections in 58 villages of Mbale, after the Declaration Forms which had their results went missing.

Last week, John Alimpa Kijaji, the NRM EC Deputy Chairperson announced results of the 331 out of 389 villages, where Lydia Wanyoto, the Chairperson of the National NRM Women’s League was leading.

Preliminary results indicated that; Wanyoto had 28,061 votes, the incumbent, Connie Nakayenze Galiwango in second position with 18,872 votes, Jalia Namasaba third with 2,824 votes and Luwungule trailed with 1,462 Votes.

In protest, Galiwango refused to accept the results and vowed to stand as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general polls.

“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 this open falsehood of voting in only 58 cells. I am coming as an independent,” she said.

While addressing journalists at the party headquarters on Tuesday this week, Arimpa said that the polls will be held on October 8, 2020.

He noted that all the four contestants for the seat were called to the commission on 24th September and briefed on the missing DR forms in the 58 villages representing 14.9% and they all agreed with the decision to organize elections again in those villages.

The primaries for the mentioned seat were held on 4th September 2020 but the commission did not declare the winner due to the confusion that ensued during the tallying process.

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The polls were marred with violence on September 4, with claims of voter bribery, and results alteration, which compelled the party leadership top forward the declaration of the winner to the party top EC in Kampala.

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