Kasibante Retains Rubaga North Seat

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Kasibante garnered 17,802 votes representing 34 of the total votes cast. His immediate rival, former area MP Beti Kamya got 16,664 votes which is 32 of the vote.

Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante has retained his seat after successfully protesting what he called manipulation of the original results recorded at the polling stations.
 
Kasibante garnered 17,802 votes representing 34% of the total votes cast. His immediate rival, former area MP Beti Kamya got 16,664 votes which is 32% of the vote.
 
Kamya, the Uganda Federal Alliance party president, had been provisionally announced as winner yesterday forcing Kasibante to protest. Kasibante and his team queried the results which were being tallied alleging that the number of votes had been manipulated to favour Kamya.
 
Kamya was not at the tally centre and it's her agents who were standing in to receive her results.
 
Today at around 11am, Kamya appeared at the tallying centre accompanied by five of her agents. The agents walked straight to the returning officer's desk inquiring why she had not been consulted before postponing the announcement of results.
 
She asked EC to go ahead and release the results as the law says and that whoever is protesting them proceed to court.
 
Instead, Charles Ntege, the Kampala district returning officer asked her to be patient as they completed the results.
 
At 3pm, after hours of tallying amid tight security, Ntege announced the results to the excitement of Kasibante supporters who had been waiting outside UMA grounds.
 
Kasibante attributed his win to the EC staff who listened to him and took time to cross-check the irregularities.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
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