KAMPALA — The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission has declared winners of Saturday October 10 Special Interest Groups election to hold the party flag ahead of 2021 general poll.
The elections for the party flag-bearers included the youth, persons with disabilities (PWDs), workers, and older persons in all the four regions of the country and one female national representative for each of the groups.
The voting, which was conducted through electoral colleges, begans with open campaigns for the contenders.
Voting for youth and older persons was by lining up behind a candidate or their pictures, whereas that of workers and PWDs was by signing against a candidate’s name, just like it was in the central executive committee elections.
According to results released by NRM EC chairperson Tanga Odoi, Laura Kanushu is the party candidate for the position of National Woman Member of Parliament for People with Disabilities.
Dr. Tanga Odoi declared Kanushu winner of the primary elections held on Saturday after she garnered 1670 votes defeating the incumbent national PWD woman representative Sofia Nalule who only managed 739 votes.
Other members who won the party ticket to represent PWDs are Alex Ndezi who sailed through unopposed in Central Region and Roy Achayo from Northern region who won with 1376 votes.
Hud Katuramo, an incumbent from western region won the flag with 1232 votes (53%). Katuramo contested with Edson Ngirabawunzi who got 1019 votes (43.8%) and Ambrose Atukunda who polled 74 votes (3.2%). From Eastern region, Helen Grace Asamo also an incumbent won with 2160 votes (92.7%) while her opponent got 170 votes (7.3%).
Phionah Nyamutoro winner of the NRM flag for the National Women Youth Member of Parliament. Nyamutoro gathered 1235 votes followed by her closest rival, Desire Muhooza with 659 votes.
Phionah Nyamutoro was declared winner of the NRM flag for the National Women Youth Member of Parliament.
Nyamutoro gathered 1235 votes followed by her closest rival, Desire Muhooza with 659 votes.
In the same poll, Agnes Kirabo beat ten others to win the flag for central region with 212 votes the 478 votes cast.
Her immediate contender Felix Safari got 98 votes while Mastullah Nakibuule got 75 votes.
In Western Region, more than ten 10 contested but Edson Rugumayo won with 199 votes followed by Ronald Tugume with 114 votes.
Henry Boniface Okot won the ticket for Northern Region with 231 votes (40.2%) followed by Joshua Mandela Ekol with 212 votes (36.9%).
Other contestants were Jackson Obinga who got 117 votes (20.4%) and Dennis Simon Rubanga 14 votes (2.4%).
On the positions of Older Persons, Joy Wako Peggy won the ticket for National female representative with 796 votes (77.8%) against 227votes (22.2%) garnered by her opponent Rose Bwiire. In Western Region, Jorum Tibasiimwa won three others with 215 votes representing 77.9% of total votes cast. He was followed Ann Muhindo who got 30 votes and Zebedi Masereka with 29 votes.
Older Persons flag bearer for Northern Region is Catherine Akom who got 153 votes (54.46%). She was followed by Angelo Okello with 108 votes, Charles Oryem with 18 votes and Benjamin Okello with two votes. In Eastern Region, at least 15 members contested for the ticket finally won by Benard Onen Odoi with 185 votes representing 26.7% of the total votes cast. In second place was Judas Wanyama with 142 votes (20.2%) followed by Sumaya Alizi with 117 votes (16.6%).
For workers, Mr Arinaitwe Rwakajara, Ms Agnes Kunihira and Dr Sam Lyomoki and former junior State minister Charles Bakabulindi won the flag to seek re-election as workers MPs.
Ms. Agatha Namirembe, the chairperson of the Uganda Public Employees Union, completed the list of the five flag bearers finishing ahead of Mr Wilson Usher Owere, the chairperson of General of the National Organisation of Trade Unions.
Ms Margaret Rwabushaija, the fifth Workers MP, will seek re-election as an Independent, just like her first term.