The just concluded NRM primary elections could cost the party threatening to cost the party some of its members.
In Amuru district, the candidates who trailed, are demanding that the party's electoral commission organizes fresh elections or they hand in their party cards.
At a joint press briefing today, the four candidates who contested for the district woman MP seat and the constituency MP position, accused the NRM party electoral commission of incompetence.
Geoffrey Okot, who trailed in the race for the constituency MP seat with 2,970 votes claimed that the electoral commission failed to organize a free and fair election. He noted that in Pabo Sub County, the number of votes cast was more that the number of actual registered NRM voters.
The Amuru district constituency MP seat was won by Joe Alfred Odoki, who polled 3,880 votes.
Wilfred Openy, another candidate lost with 3,183 votes and dismissed the results as a pck of saying it had been falsehood in favour on Odoki.
The race for Woman MP position was not spared. Two candidates-Elisabeth Alimadi and Concy Nyapolo, all petitioned the party's electoral commission to nullify the results and organize fresh elections.
Alimadi said that in some areas, pages of exercise books were used as ballot papers after the electoral commission failed to provide adequate voting materials. She suspects that the missing ballots were used to rig elections.
The two also accused the party's electoral commission of aiding Betty Bigombe to win the election. Bigombe polled 8,736 while her runner up Elisabeth Alimadi secured 1,126 votes. The two were trailed by Concy Nyapolo who got 465 votes. Thy further alleged that an earlier petition to the party's electoral commission citing intimidation and harassment by the military attracted no response.
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Sunday Oola, the Amuru district registrar of NRM electoral commission, says that while he admits there were weaknesses with the polls, the blame lies squarely with the party's secretariat.
He has advised the complainants to lodge their complaints with the tribunals as required by the party's guidelines.
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