Nominations for Kagoma County parliamentary by-elections have kicked off today at Kagoma County headquarters in Jinja district. The seat fell vacant in March this year after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Moses Walyomu for voter bribery. Walyomu had been declared winner of the February 18, 2016 election for Kagoma County with 16,391 votes, followed by Kintu who garnered 14,244.
The two-day exercise will see those interested in vying for the parliamentary seat formally cleared by the Electoral Commission before publicly beginning to campaign for votes.
During the nomination exercise today, the Jinja district Electoral Commission Returning Officer Anthony Ambose declared Walyomu duly nominated. Richard Todwong, the deputy secretary general of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), who accompanied Walyomu, warned supporters against violence during the campaign period.
FDC's flag bearer Timothy Batuwa Lusala will be nominated tomorrow with the party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu is expected to accompany him.
Others expected to be nominated include Independent candidates Micheal Muwanguzi, Alex Brandon Kintu and Muhammad Bidondole.
The seat fell vacant in March this year after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Moses Walyomu for voter bribery. Walyomu had been declared winner of the February 18, 2016 election for Kagoma County with 16,391 votes, followed by Kintu who garnered 14,244.
The judges overturned a decision of Jinja High Court that had rejected evidence of voter bribery against Walyomu brought against him by his opponent Alex Brandon Kintu. The appeals court, therefore, ordered the Electoral Commission to conduct a by-election.
The justices ruled that Kintu brought satisfactory evidence that Walyomu on January 3, 2016 bribed a community of voters with 500,000 shillings through the leaders of Mawoito mosque.
Court also found out that there was intimidation of witnesses who planned to testify against Walyomu.
Residents of Kagoma County appeal to whoever is elected to parliament to prioritise road construction, girl-child education and electricity.
Richard Naika, a resident of Buwerera West told URN that most of the roads are impassable.
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Agnes Wanyima says that she wants education for girls prioritised because many of them drop out for marriage while others are impregnated.
According to the Electoral Commission programme, the Returning Officer will meet with candidates to harmonise their campaigns schedules.
Campaigns kick off on April 27th and end in May 9th. Election will be held on Thursday May 11th.