The candidate of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Urombi Emmanuel has been declared winner in the Nebbi district LCV by-elections.
The post fell vacant in September last year of the death of the then district Chairperson, Ezron William Alenyo in a motor accident.
Urombi, a teacher and a radio presenter has beat Othuba George, an independent candidate and Onyai Vicky Emmanuel of the opposition, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
The results of the generally peaceful election were announced by Michael Arinaitwe, the Nebbi district returning officer moments after midnight on Friday.
They indicate that Urombi garnered 22,280 votes out of the 44,625 total number of the valid votes for candidates, followed by Othuba George (Independent) with 18,323 votes.
Onyai Vicky Emmanuel of FDC came last with only 4,022 votes.
The voters turn out was generally low with only 46,536 voters out of the 121,856 registered voters appearing to cast their votes.
According to Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU), the Electoral Commission dispatched polling materials to the 223 polling stations in the 16 sub counties between 4:00am and 6:30am, on 11th July 2019 and the electoral materials arrived at over 90% of the polling stations before 7:00am (the official time to commence polling).
CCEDU observes that Polling in about 15% of the polling stations did not commence on time – because the mandatory five (5) voters to witness the opening of the polling were present and that polling officials at most polling stations were however present and in time to commence polling at 7:00am.
“CCEDU noted the minimal presence of uniformed security personnel during the by-election. The role of security on the polling day was largely limited to mobile patrolling in the 16 Sub Counties of Nebbi District. With specific regard to the polling day, the presence of security personnel was not of an intrusive nature across Nebbi District,” reads parts of the CCEDU statement on Nebbi elections.
President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as NRM’s national Chairperson, Kizza Besigye of FDC and Patrick Oboi Amuriat were all in the area a day to polling, to solicit votes for their respective candidates.
Different a number of the recently concluded by-elections, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and his ‘People Power’ movement, did not put their weight behind any of the candidates.