Security intimidated voters – NRM boss

Friday October 30 2015

By BILL OKETCH

Albetong- Alebtong NRM chairperson Francis Owino has said Wednesday’s NRM primary elections were marred by massive vote rigging and intimidation orchestrated by armed forces.
Mr Owino, who described the deployment of armed forces as “nonsense,” alleged that the army engaged in intimidating people, especially supporters of Ms Otengo’s rival, Mr Samuel Okwir.

“When time came for collecting polling materials and results, the police and the soldiers did not allow us to go to the polling stations. Soldiers were using the vehicles belonging to the District Internal Security Officer, OC station and that of the town council,” Mr Owino told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday.

However, Lt George Musinguzi, the 5th Division army spokesperson, denied army participation saying the forces are non-partisan. “Let him come up with evidence and we shall investigate. If found guilty, the culprits shall be held responsible,” Lt Musinguzi told Daily Monitor yesterday.

NRM members in the district, however, participated in the election. Ms Rebecca Amuge Otengo, shifted ground from Albetong Woman to contest for Moroto Constituency.
Ms Otengo, who is also state minister for northern Uganda, was declared winner of the NRM Moroto County flag after she won with 13,657 votes against Mr Samuel Okwir’s 8,800 votes.
Ajuri County MP Denis Hamson Obua lost the race to Mr Isaac Apenyo with 17,394 votes against Obua’s 12,536 votes. Ms Christine Acen won the Alebtong Woman MP flag beating Ms Dorcus Acen who got 11,347 votes. For the district chair, Mr Patrick Okullo Okeng won with 22,175 votes beating Mr Johnson Okello who got 19,935, Mr Calvin Ojuka and Mr Patrick Olet, who polled 3,353 and 2,567 votes respectively.

The district party registrar, Mr Isaac Odyang, said the election was free and fair though he acknowledged there were few soldiers and police deployed about 100 metres from the tallying centre.

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