Kangwagye Is NRM Flag-bearer In Bukanga By-election

Steven Kangwagye has won round two of the elections for NRM party flag bearer that were repeated yesterday in Ngarama sub county, Bukanga county following his petition when he claimed that the elections were rigged.

Kangwagye polled 5184 votes while Nathan Byanyima got 88 votes.

Jeremiah Kamurari Birungyi polled 182 votes, Aaron Turahe got 32 votes while Sosten Taremwa had 13 votes.

Other candidates polled nothing despite the elections being boycotted by six other candidates.

The chairman NRM Electoral Commission Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said official results would be announced today evening after 24 hours after polls have closed to allow the aggrieved candidates to complain.

In the first elections Nathan Byanyima garnered 25435 votes (45.7%) while his closest challenger Steven Rwakanuma Kangwagye got 24909 votes (44.9%) in the race that attracted nine people. However, the results were challenged by his main rival Steven Kangwangye.

Kangwagye accused Nathan Byanyima of ballot stuffing forcing a repeat of elections in Ngarama Sub County.

However the decision taken by party electoral commission to cancel the results and order for a repeat of elections in Ngarama forced Byanyima’s supporters to demonstrate and threaten to defect to other political parties.

Prior to the repeat of elections in one of the six sub counties, six of  the hopefuls in Bukanaga constituency led by Nathan Byanyima, vowed not to participate claiming the electoral commission was taking sides to have their favourite candidate win the election.

The candidates Aron Turahe, Muhanguzi Honorato, John Bosco Mubiru, Masiko Kyampa and David Abaheire refused to take part in yesterday’s polls in Ngarama Sub County, while Jeremiah Birungyi Kamurari Sosten Taremwa and Steven Kangwagye were involved in the elections.

Meanwhile nominations for the by elections of the area parliamentary seat which fell vacant after the death of Gregory Matovu are slated for 11th and 12th of November next week.

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