RUBANDA- The Rubanda East NRM Member of Parliament Contestant Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema has petitioned the national NRM secretariat and the Rubanda District NRM registrar’s office over alteration of his results.
During Friday’s Rubanda East NRM Primary election, the incumbent Rubanda East Member of Parliament Hon Henry Musasizi with 23,330 votes was declared the winner defeating his only challenger Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema who garnered 22, 412 votes.
Jogo is the incumbent Rubanda district Chairperson. However, during the tallying of the votes at the District headquarters, all agents of Biryabarema were arrested after they questioned the district NRM Registrar Aggrey Monday on why voters from Nyakiharo polling station in Bubare Sub County were never allowed to vote after alleged election violence.
The arrest of all Biryabarema’s agents with all his declaration forms angered Jogo who also boycotted the tallying. This however did not stop the district registrar to announce Musasizi as the winner despite the protest and absence of his opponents.
However, Biryabarema later on Saturday contested the results of the elections saying according to his declaration forms, he won the election but the registrar altered his results to favour Musasizi.
Biryabarema claimed that he had garnered 23153 votes which represent 51% against Musasizi’s 22968 votes which represents 49%.
He also said that the election was characterised by violence, voter bribery, intimidation and at some polling stations, his agents were intercepted and forced to surrender their declaration forms by some parish registrars, which forms never reached the main tallying centre for consideration.
Biryabarema accused the district NRM registrar for being sided and denying a chance to vote to people of Nyakiharo polling station and tearing off all his declaration forms after realising that Jogo would score highly at the said polling station.
Biryabarema said that he has petitioned the NRM secretariat to intervene and recount the votes or order for flesh elections. He revealed that he has given them an ultimatum of 24 hours to act or else he will announce his next course of action.He however asked his supporters to remain calm and united as they seek legal redress.
The Rubanda District registrar Aggrey Monday promised to deliver the petition to the NRM Secretariat in Kampala however he insisted that the election was free and fair.
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