EC Halts Vote Tallying in Masaka Citing Faulty System

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The provisional results from Bukoto East parliamentary elections show that Dr. Abdul Nkoyoyo, the NRM candidate was running neck to neck with the incumbent, Florence Namayanja.

Electoral Commission has halted vote tallying in Masaka citing the breakdown of the computer system. However, Nathan Nabaasa, the Masaka District Returning Registrar, says he can't proceed because he can't access some of the results that were entered in the faulty seem.


He has appealed to the candidates and their supporters to remain calm. saying they are trying to fix the problem. The move has triggered unrest among opposition candidates and their supporters forcing them to storm the tally center demanding for the immediate declaration of the poll results.    

They are Mathias Mpuuga, the DP flag bearer for Masaka Municipality parliamentary seat, Mary Babirye Kabanda, the DP candidate for Masaka Woman MP Seat and their Bukoto East counterpart, Florence Namayanja. Earlier provisional results put Mpuuga ahead of his NRM rival Herman Ssentongo. 

The provisional results show that Mpuuga polled 17396 votes from all the polling stations in the municipality compared to Ssentongo's 14521 votes. The provisional results also showed that Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka Woman DP candidate parliamentary seat was leading 31,000 votes against her NRM rival and twin sister Kasse Mubanda with 12,000 votes.   

The provisional results from Bukoto East parliamentary elections show that Dr. Abdul Nkoyoyo, the NRM candidate was running neck to neck with the incumbent, Florence Namayanja.  Hanipher Naddima, the campaign manager of Mpuuga, has asked the registrar to expedite the problem, saying they have lost patience. 

She wonders why they have to wait for computerized system yet they have the result declaration forms. The NRM party candidates have boycotted the tally center, save for Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who is leading in Bukoto Central. 

Elsewhere, Provisional results from Kalungu East show that independent candidate Umar Lule Mawuya is a head of Vincent Ssempijja, the incumbent area Member of Parliament.  In Kyotera, Haruna Kasolo, the NRM candidate is leading his closest rival Prissilar Kibuuka Nansubuga, the DP candidate.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.