Mukono. The loser in the Mukono District Woman MP race, Ms Hanifa Nabukeera, has refused to concede defeat in the just concluded elections, claiming the polls were marred by vote rigging, intimidation and harassment of her supporters.
Addressing her supporters at the district Electoral Commission (EC) offices on Monday, Ms Nabukeera said she had already petitioned the district Electoral Commission seeking a recount of the votes.
Ms Nabukeera, who stood on the Democratic Party ticket, said counting of her votes was not properly done with some ballots being left out during the tallying process.
“I am calling for a re-count of all the votes that were cast because I have evidence that I won the election,” Ms Nabukeera said.
Ms Nabukeera was left disappointed when she entered the district EC offices and was informed that the returning officer, Ms Sarah Namugambe, was not in office.
“This could be a ploy to deny me a chance to hand over my petition, but I will not give up,” she said.
According to the election results declared by Ms Namugambe last weekend, Ms Peace Kusasira (NRM) won the election with 61,519 votes, while Ms Nabukeera polled 55,655 votes.
Others in the race were Ms Margaret Nakavubu (Independent), who polled 31,734 votes and Justice Forum party’s Asmat Nabalamba, who garnered 8,965 votes.
When contacted on telephone, Ms Namugambe said she would receive Nabukeera’s petition when she goes back to office.