MADI-OKOLLO. The incumbent Member of Parliament for Lower Madi-Okollo constituency, Mr Ismail Ogama Ali has rejected the results of NRM primaries which were declared on Sunday in favour of Mr Ronald Afidra Olema.
The results were declared in Arua after two days by the West Nile coordinator for the NRM Electoral commission, Mr Joel Obonya. Vote Declaration of results was referred to the regional level because of the detected unsafe environment at Madi district headquarters.
Afidra who is also the NRM chairman for Madi-Okollo district scored 12,820 votes, followed by Ogama with 11,484 votes while Alfred Ambayo Emmy got 2,867 votes.
“All aggrieved parties are welcome to lodge a petition at the NRM electoral commission headquarters that should come with evidence and they will be listened to. This is a provisional result pending a petition and judgment after the petition”, Mr Obonya said.
Ogama said he earlier objected to the results of Ogoko sub-county on Saturday and doubted how the counting was done to arrive at the declared figures.
Obonya said the declaration of the results was delayed because of irregularities from Ogoko Sub County that were contested on claims of being marred with fraud.
He said he has referred the matter for legal considerations at the NRM secretariat based on evidence provided to him about the votes.
Ogama complained that his opponent involved children in the voting process in Ogoko Sub County while others voted multiple times.
He revealed that his agents were denied declaration forms by Ogoko sub-county NRM registrar on claims of not having copies of the forms. The registrar is said to have immediately disappeared from the sub-county without surfacing for several hours.
“My position is that; I have given a benefit of doubt to the NRM party secretariat that I believe will come on ground and act soonest”, Ogama noted.
The MP disclosed that his next course of action will be decided by the people based on consultations he will undertake after the decision from NRM secretariat is made. He added that Afidra used his position as NRM chairman to manipulate registrars in order to have a bigger number of votes to win the race.
But Afidra refuted the statement, saying he can’t do such a thing other than relying on people’s choice.
“I want to thank those who came out in large numbers to either vote for me or for the other two candidates. People exercised their rights and gave their support to whoever they wanted to represent them as NRM flag bearer. We have an electoral commission that deals independently with the results” Afidra said.
He said his win was genuine and that Afidra should concede defeat.