HOIMA — Early results from Hoima woman by-election show opposition joint candidate Asinansi Nyakato in huge early lead as counting of votes in the hotly contested election continues.
Information from a number of tally centres indicates that Asinansi is leading with a huge margin.
However, number of other polling stations are yet to go and results are expected to be announced later tonight.
Her party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) had earlier petitioned the Electoral Commission, challenging the heavy deployment of military personnel in the district.
The Hoima District woman MP seat fell vacant after the incumbent, MP Ms Tophas Kaahwa Byagira resigned her post early this year and opted to represent Kikuube district that was curved out of Hoima district.
The race is between Ms. Harriet Businge Mugenyi, the NRM flag bearer and Ms Asinansi Nyakato, a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, who is also a joint opposition candidate that is backed by FDC, Democratic Party, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), the People Power pressure group and the Conservative Party.
Last week police used teargas to disperse FDC supporters who took to the streets after their candidate was blocked from accessing radio stations across the district. A few days later, the city witnessed running battles between security personnel and opposition supporters, during a procession to the final rally held in Bwali village.