Crime & Investigation

EC Adjourns Tororo By-Election After Chaotic Scenes

Angry residents of Tororo County on Friday squared off with the chairman of Electoral Commission Simon Byabakama Mugenyi (Photo: New Vision)

The Electoral Commission (EC) has deferred the planned by-election for Tororo District Chairperson over violence, sale Chimp Corps report.

“The Commission accordingly informs all the people of Tororo District, order Political Parties and Organizations and the General Public that the electoral process in Tororo District for the by-election of the District Chairperson has been temporarily put on hold, abortion ” said Acting EC Chairperson, Hajjati Aisha Lubega Basajjanaku in a statement issued on Tuesday.

An EC stakeholders’ meeting held on May 19 with the leadership of Tororo County was characterized by demonstrations, raising security concerns in the area.

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Officials said the purpose of the meeting, which was discontinued, was to update the leadership on the by-election programme and appeal to them to cooperate, maintain law and order during this process.

Lubega said the Commission staff, who were carrying out the training of the officials for display of the voters’ register exercise in Mella Sub-county, were on May 20 attacked and Commission property damaged in the process, rendering the Voters’ Register Display exercise difficult to continue.

“Since it is paramount for the Electoral Commission to conduct an election in a peaceful conducive atmosphere, the above mentioned violence incidents have made it difficult for the electoral process to continue,” said Lubega.

“Therefore, as provided under Section 12 (1) (e), (f) and Section 50 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140) as amended, the Commission hereby temporarily puts on hold, the electoral process for the by-election of the District Chairperson Tororo District Local Government until such a time when the conditions are conducive for the electoral process to continue.”

The planned by-election came against the backdrop of the death of district LC5 Chairman Apollo Jaramogi in January 2017 at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.


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