HOW IT HAPPENED: FDC Takes Kasese
2:28pm: Electoral Commission officially announces FDC candidate Winfred Kiiza winner of the election with 97,669 votes.
NRM flag bearer Rehema Muhindo comes second with 59,946 while DP’ Rose Masika trails with 1,229 votes.
230 votes were declared invalid, while 209 ballot papers were spoilt. This means that Kiiza wins the election with 61.31 per cent of the total votes cast, with the margin between her and the NRM candidate at a healthy 37,723 votes. Kiiza was declared the winner by the Electoral Commission at 2:20am on Thursday.
230 votes were declared invalid, while 209 ballot papers were spoilt.
This means that Kiiza wins the election with 61.31 per cent of the total votes cast, with the margin between her and the NRM candidate at a healthy 37,723 votes.
Kiiza was declared the winner by the Electoral Commission at 2:20am on Thursday.
10:45pm: In Kasese Municipality, Winfred has polled 10,124 votes while Muhindo scooped 7,094. This is a wide margin of 3030 votes.
In Bukonzo east which has five sub counties, Winfred has got 27,870 votes compared to Muhindo’s 8775.
The electoral commission is now waiting for results from Busongola South, North and Bukonzo West.
8:42pm: Katwe Kabatooro town council (an NRM stronghold where Museveni campaigned for Muhindo)
Ndongo SDA (Polling area for Minister of defence Crispus Kiyonga )
Lake katwe sub county (FDC is leading in entire sub county – yet has been an NRM no-go zone)
Mahango Primary School
In yet to be identified polling station in Mahango, Winfred scored 900
While Muhindo only one vote.
We are also getting reports that a police pickup truck was involved in an accident in Kabiliti. Cops have reportedly been injured.
Another piece of sad news is that an over speeding vehicle killed a girl during jubilations in Bwera.
8:00pm: Nisenyi (Bukonzo west:):
Winfred 280; Muhindo 59 Kibira:
Kamasasa Church of Uganda
Customs Church of Uganda
Katwe (all polling stations NRM area)
Rwenzori valley polling station:
Winfred Kiiza 161, Rehema Muhindo 43
Nyamwamba Division headquarters:
Winfred 58; Rehema 88
7:30pm: Kilembe Quarters 2:
Winfred Kiiza 213
Rehema Muhindo - 127
New Taxi Park (municipality):
Muhindo 99 votes
Winfred Kiiza 139
Bishop Masereka polling station:
Muhindo 94 votes
Winfred Kiiza 189
5:30PM: FDC Deputy President Salaam Musumba has been released from Kasese police station where she had been briefly detained.
The opposition ironlady was arrested in the early morning hours of Wednesday when voting had just started.
She told Chimpreports.com that she was monitoring the progress of the voting exercise when police put her in custody, accusing her of interrupting the exercise.
5:05pm: Vote count has started in Kasese. Tension remains high with fears that the situation could explode.
4:19pm: The latest information from the Kasese by-elections is that in Nyakatonzi, NRM leaders were found trying to stuff two pre-ticked papers in the ballot box.
They were seized by FDC vigilantes and beaten up.
In other two village of Nyakatonzi, and Rususe, FDC diehards engaged security forces in running battles.
The mood remains tense as anxious FDC await for the counting of votes that starts at 5pm.
Most shops on Kasese streets have closed in preparation for what opposition leaders call a “mother of all battles” with security forces if NRM attempts to rig the election outcome.
Security remains tight under heavily-armed military personnel and anti-riot police. 1:00am: FDC Deputy President Salaam Musumba has been arrested. She is currently detained at the Kasese Police Station.
She told press that she was monitoring the progress of the election exercise before police closed in on her.
She decried the use of the army and police in the election exercise.
Violence has also been cited in Nyakatanzi parish where FDC agents were also kicked out of most polling stations.
As if this is not scary enough, in Katwe, FDC vigilantes assaulted the area NRM chairperson who was reportedly found attempting to stuff pre-ticked papers in the ballot box.
10:00am: Kasese Woman MP By-election kicked off on Wednesday morning under tight security.
Clashes between FDC officials and security forces have so far been reported at Ihandiro and Kavera Polling Stations.
Residents have told Chimpreports.com that Kavera polling station in Hima area has been put inside a military barracks under a one Colonel Patrick Rugumayo.
FDC Deputy Electoral Commission boss Michael Kabaziguruka has confirmed that the opposition party’s agents have been chased from Kavera polling station.
“We sent there Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga but he was kicked out. We then dispatched another team led by FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso and Hon. William Nzou which was also chased,” said Kabaziguruka.
“We don’t know what the army is up to,” said Kabaziguruka.
These incidents have heightened tension in the volatile district.
In other places, the voting exercise, which started at around 7:30am, remains peaceful. Kasese town is so far experiencing a low voter turn up due to a downpour.
Heavily-armed military and police personnel are patrolling Kasese streets with trucks and on foot.
The election comes after bloody battles between FDC candidate Winfred Kiiza and police.
NRM has fronted Rehema Muhindo as their flag bearer in the election now marred by violence and bloodshed.
Police on Tuesday arrested but later released 150 FDC supporters who were in the area to guard against what they termed as “NRM’s vote rigging machinery.”
Police boss Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura had earlier warned he would crush all opposition vigilantes, saying they “create a breeding ground for violence and lawlessness.”
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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