Adjumani EC Officials Threaten to Boycott LC elections Over rigging

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Hundreds of Electoral Commission field staffs in Adjumani are threatening to boycott tomorrow's local council elections over the unprecedented mal-practices that marred Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the district. They include sub county election supervisors, presiding officers and polling assistants. The officials have petitioned Sam Rwakoojo, the Electoral Commission secretary demanding for a recount of the Moyo East parliamentary results if the commission wants them to participate in tomorrow's election. It all started when the results of Santo Erwaga, incumbent Moyo East MP were allegedly altered to hand victory to General Moses Ali. Santos who has refused to concede defeat alleges that he polled 175 votes from Okagari primary school polling station in Ciforo Sub-county but the declaration form was left blank. He says that despite objections raised by the presiding officials against this anomaly Peter Tudu, Adjumani Returning Officer declared Moses Ali elected. Now, EC field officials want the results nullified because they were flawed. However, the electoral commission act doesn't allow returning officers to over turn their declaration unless ordered by court. Peter Tudu confirms receiving the petition but says that it does not hold water because the results he declared came from the polling stations that were under their control. But Moses Ali maintains that he won the elections. According to him, the petition from the electoral commission officials is being fueled by his opponent. He says if he is not satisfied he should go to court. Erwaga denies claim that he is the one behind the petition. He says come rain or sun shine it is he clear he beat Army general but because they connived with the returning officer he ended up declaring him winner.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.