KAMPALA – The NRM electoral commission has cancelled primary elections for Nyabushozi County after two of the contestants pulled out of the race.
As a result, the incumbent MP, Col Fred Mwesigye, has been declared the winner of the NRM flag in the area.
The primary elections in the area were to be repeated in 26 villages on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 after the earlier one held on September 5 had been cancelled over voter bribery, intimidation and malpractice.
But on October 5, Wilson Kajwengye and Christopher Bakashaba, who were Col Mwesigye’s main rivals, wrote to the NRM EC that they were pulling out of the repeated election, citing failure by the ruling party to put in place the required measures to ensure free and fair elections.
Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman, aconfirmed that the election for Nyabushozi has been cancelled after the main contenders pulled out.
The initial results released on September 5, 2020 had given Col Mwesigye a lead with 36,147 votes against Kajwengye’s 13,248 votes while Christopher Bakashaba came third with 5,601 votes.
But Kajwengye challenged the results. The president later intervened and set up a team of investigators whose report indicated that there were 56 villages whose results were changed.
President Museveni then directed that fresh voting be conducted in the 28 villages.