Muslims in Karamoja demand fresh elections

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A group of Muslims have petitioned the Chairman Muslim Electoral Commission demanding for fresh elections to be conducted in South Karamoja.

A group of Muslims have petitioned the Chairman Muslim Electoral Commission demanding fresh elections for South Karamoja.

The petitioners led by Sharif Mohamed the proprietor of Bamburi Food bank, and Twakha Abdulla, selected to represent Matheniko in Moroto district in the Moslem National Assembly accuse the officer in charge of the elections Lotukei Jamal of conniving with others to have Twakha Abdulla thrown out of the race to the Muslim National Assembly.

Twakha claims the elections were rigged and his position  allegedly dropped.

The elections for the five counties were held at the Moroto mosque compound on Friday amid a heavy down pour. 

The South Karamoja returning officer Jamal Lotukei says the elections were conducted under the rightful procedures, but advised those dissatisfied with the excercise to appeal within the next 7 days.

Lotukei says  the four counties of Chekwii, Pokot, Bokora and Pian got the highest votes. But Twakha Abdulla got only seven polls throwing him out of the race for the Assembly.

Waswa Omar Mohammed, the officer in charge  of  the elections in Eastern Uganda says  4 districts including Sironko and Kabale have petitioned the commission. He says  the commission will sit on Monday to study the petitions.

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About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.