Candidates seeking nomination as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party MP flag-bearer for the Bubulo West by-election have rejected the party’s register, describing it as exaggerated.
The seven candidates found out that the NRM register [yellow book] had a higher number of voters in the register which doubles that of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The seven candidates resolved to have the register cleaned up in preparation for the NRM primaries set for March 22.
Mr Richard Nataka, one of the contestants, asked his fellow aspirants to wake up and fight ghost voters and illegal polling stations in Bubulo West in order to have a levelled ground for everyone.
A copy of the register accessed by the Daily Monitor revealed that although Bugobero Sub-county has a total of 5,436 voters according to the EC register, the NRM register showed 6,929 voters. In Kabutora, the EC has 4,033 voters while the NRM register has 6,533 voters.
Prof Elijjah Mushemeza, the NRM electoral commission vice chairperson, who was meeting the candidates at Manafwa District headquarters on Wednesday, acknowledged the discrepancy, but said the cleaning exercise has started to remove the ghosts and have a levelled ground for free and fair elections.
About election. The Bubulo West seat was declared vacant after Mr Tony Kipoi Nsubuga, the former legislator, was kicked out of Parliament after being found guilty of missing 15 consecutive sittings.
In the race. Candidates aspiring for NRM flagship include Mr Richard Nataka, Ms Rose Mutonyi Masaba, Mr John Simiyu and Mr Peter Werikhe. Others are; Hajji Abbas Samali, Situma Munyanda and Mr. Ronnie Walukhu