Vote Counting Underway in Kamuli Election

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In Mulumba Ward polling station where Watongola hails from, only 180 voters turned up out of 499 registered voters. At Posta polling station, only 288 people turned out of the registered 500. At St. Mark Church polling station located in the middle of town, only 180 people turned up out of 409 registered voters. Meanwhile, at the Kamuli Youth Center half of the 404 voters turned up.

Vote counting is underway in the poorly-attended Kamuli Municipality parliamentary by-election.
  
A Uganda Radio Network (URN) reporter in Kamuli says the NRM party candidate garnered Rehema Watongola 341 votes at Nakulyaku Primary School polling station against 132 votes for Proscovia Salaamu Musumba, her main challenger who is standing on the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FCD) party.

At St. Mark Catholic Church polling station Salamu Musumba got 113 votes against Watongola's 72.
  
The by-election characterised with incidents of violence and allegations of voter bribery attracted five contestants including Watongola, Musumba and independent candidates Proscovia Naikoba Kanakutanda, Samuel Walugyo and Mike Kiboome.
  
It follows the ejection of Watongola from parliament over lack of requisite academic qualifications. The court decision followed a petition filed by Musumba accusing her of uttering and using false documents to contest for the parliamentary seat in February 2016. 
  
There was general low turn up of voters for the by-election. A URN reporter visited some of the polling stations with some registering less than half of the voters. In Mulumba Ward polling station where Watongola hails from, only 180 voters turned up out of 499 registered voters.
 
At Posta polling station, only 288 people turned out of the registered 500. At St. Mark Church polling station located in the middle of town, only 180 people turned up out of 409 registered voters. Meanwhile, at the Kamuli Youth Center half of the 404 voters turned up.
 
Kamuli municipality has 54 polling stations and 29,668 registered voters. It is made up of Northern division and Southern division.
 
The Electoral Commission is expected to announce the winner later in the night at Kamuli Youth Center.