NRM primary elections for Rubanda County West Member of Parliament and Kabale Municipality Member of Parliament have been suspended till further notice due to missing voting materials.
NRM Kabale District Chairperson Maurice Keitaba says this came after officials discovered that over 16, side effects http://cprescue.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-category.php 000 votes were missing from the batch sent from Kampala for three sub-counties.
The affected areas are Bufundi (17 villages with a voting population of 4,917), Ikumba (15 villages with a voting population of 5,829) and Muko Sub-County – the birthplace of incumbent and State Minister for Economic Monitoring, Henry Banyenzaki (12 villages with a voting population of 5,191 voters).
At least 5 out of the 7 candidates signed on a letter to NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi, seeking the postponement of the primaries in the contested constituency.
These include Eng. Denis Sabiiti, Moses Kamuntu Mwongyera, Robert Muhereza Matthias, African Byarugaba Kikabeinika, and Rtd Corporal Abel Muhumuza Karegyesa.
The incumbent, Henry Banyenzaki and Dustan Muhereza Ziine did not append their signatures on the letter.
Meanwhile, drama ensued at the Kabale District Yard along the Kabale- Mbarara road when Banyenzaki exchanged blows with one of his rivals, Eng. Denis Sabiti.
This followed a bitter exchange of words on whether the voting exercise should be postponed amid the mysterious disappearance of voting materials.
Meanwhile, in Kabale Municipality, primaries for Member of Parliament were also suspended after several ballots were found missing.
The misplaced ballots were meant for seven polling centers in Butobere and Central wards. There are 30 polling centers in the Municipality.
Professor Augustus Nuwagaba, an aspirant in the race, says the voting exercise should be put on hold to avoid possible rigging.
However, Nuwagaba’s rivals, Dr Nicholas Kamara and Dr Francis Mwesigye Runumi maintain they have invested plenty of resources in the election to let this opportunity pass.
They said manila papers with stamps of Kabale NRM office should be used in the voting process.
Deo Agaba is among the four contestants for NRM flag-bearer for the municipality MP seat.
As NRM Primary elections for MPs and LC5s commence Tuesday morning, pill http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/template-loader.php more and more disgruntlement is being registered from different parts of the country.
In the western Mbarara district, incumbent Mp Hon Medard Bitekyerezo, better known at home as ‘Biteks’ has described the election as a big embarrassment to the ruling party.
Through yesterday, a suspicious Bitekyerezo after election materials arrived from Kampala, tracked down his opponents and true to his fears, pre-ticked ballot papers were found in one of the contenders Grace Kyankoko’s vehicle in Ruti.
He called police which towed the car to Mbarara Central Police Station.
Addressing press this morning, Hon Bitekyerezo blamed the party secretariat for what he termed as amateurish preparations for the exercise.
He further noted that the double preparations orchestrated by the unprecedented postponement of the election to today, provided ground for election malpractice.
He was also incensed that voters from three out of the six divisions of Mbarara are not in the Municipality register.
He said he would not accept the election results if the divisions of Biharwe, Nyakayojo, and Kakiika are not allowed to vote in the Municipality.
The three divisions were recently added to Mbarara as it prepared to acquire the City status. These however have not been captured in the Municipalities and will be voting in their previous sub counties.
“I cannot look for votes in 6 divisions and at the end be voted for by only 3; this one is totally out,” Bitekyerezo said.
Meanwhile, the Mbarara district chairman LCV aspirant Fred Kamugisha expressed concern with the packaging of the ballot papers, saying that a number of envelops yesterday were found to have been torn.
The NRM District Chairman Jomo Mugabe nonetheless, promised that the entire election exercise would be conducted in a free and fair manner and urged residents to fully participate.