NEBBI. Mr Suleiman Hashim has been declared the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer for Nebbi municipality Parliamentary seat.
Hashim garnered 2, 776 votes representing 63% ahead of his closest challenger, Mr Patrick Okumu Ringa who managed to get 1, 510, a representative of 34% in a hotly contested party primary elections held in Nebbi town on Monday.
The results were declared at around 8pm by Nebbi district NRM Registrar, Ms Jane Alisemarera Babiiha amid jubilations by Hashim’s supporters.
But the day long election was characterized by low voter turn up which officials attributed to the heavy down pour that kept most of the voters at home.
According to Mr Melki Kakura, the acting district NRM administrative secretary, out of over 11, 000 registered NRM voters, only about 4000 managed to turn up to vote through the rain.
“There was generally low turn up caused by rain and worse enough, names of some of the voters who managed to come through the rain were missing on the register,” Kakura said.
He added that the voting was generally peaceful with no major incidences of violence as police managed to handle a few minor cases that emerged.
Ms Alice Nyawecu, a voter said she was extremely disappointed after failing to vote because of her missing name on the register.
However, Mr Okumu Ringa alleged that the elections were not fairly conducted on grounds that he got clear evidence of vote rigging in the areas of Thatha and Namrwotho wards.
“I can’t concede defeat at this time because the election was not transparent enough and to protest this, I’m going to contest again but as an independent candidate,” Okumu promised.
Meanwhile Hashim Suleiman maintained that he has for long been working for the victory and vowed not to disappoint his supporters in the coming general elections.
Elections in all the newly created municipal councils in Uganda including Nebbi, are slated to take place on July 17, 2018 for lower council officials and July 19 for Members of Parliament.