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I was beaten up during elections – Kanungu district Woman MP petitions NRM Electoral Commission

KANUNGU- Kanungu District Woman Member of Parliament Hon Elizabeth Karungi has petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission seeking a redress after she lost her position as a flag bearer in the just concluded elections.

According to the petition addressed to the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi dated 8th September 2020, the Member of Parliament raised several election malpractices which she claims led her to lose the election on 4th September 2020.

In the two-page letter which this online publication has seen, Hon Karungi claims that, she was beaten up at Rutwe Cell in Butogota Town Council where she found an anormally taking place where the registrar was counting voters in line while jumping numbers and when notified she rushed there and demanded but was instead beaten up.

Hon Karungi also claimed that in some places, voting never took place at the same time and this gave an opportunity to some people to be ferried to other polling stations to vote for the second time.

She also claims that at some polling stations in Kayonza and Butogota Town Council, some voters were allowed to vote twice by rejoining the line after being counted while in other areas her supporters were forcefully pulled from her line to that of her opponent.

Karungi who was seeking to represent Kanungu District as Woman Member of Parliament for the 3rd time also said that while her opponents were allowed to conduct open campaign, when she tried to do so was stopped by Police.

She also claims that voting in some areas was done by all people including children and those from opposition who allegedly accused her of having voted for removal of age term limits from the constitution.

According to the petition therefore, Hon Karungi is demanding that the NRM Electoral Commission cancel the election, hold new election, put in place new registrars and also demand that radios should only announce results that are verified by the electoral Commission.

Kanungu District NRM Woman Parliamentary election was contested by Karungi Elizabeth and others were Patience Kinshaba Nkunda who eventually won and Juliet Atuheire Kanyamukwara, Consolanta Tumwesigye, Judith Ayebare Ntamuhanga, and Charity Mbabazi Kyarisiima.

When contacted, the NRM Director of Legal Services Oscar Kihika admitted that they had received Hon Karungi Elizabeth’s petition on Sept 9th and it’s one of the 400 petitions being handled.

Here below is Hon Karungi’s petition to the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson in full.

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Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaijahttps://theinformerug.com/
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.

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