The National Resistance Movement Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi has told Daily Monitor that his office has registered serious complaints from Western, Eastern and West Nile regions in the ongoing campaign for party primary elections.
He said during his tour in western Uganda last week, he identified the causes of conflict and in some instances he reconciled the warring parties such as in Hoima, where they wanted to suspended elections but he granted them to continue after the candidates reconciled.
“In Isingiro District, we had cases of sub-county registrars recruiting and dismissing junior officers without informing the district party chairman. In Bukanga, we had two political camps of Mzee Nathan Byanyima and Stephen Kangwagye but we resolved and agreed to pull together,” he said.
Dr Odoi said in Sheema District, minister of science, technology and innovation, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, and his rival Dicksons Kateshumba are always despising each other.
He said in Kazo, three aspirants Molly Kamukama, Anna Ruyondo Lumumba and Jennifer Muhesi are intimidating each other, while in Toroma in Katakwi District, there are attempts by the candidates to influence the registrars to tamper with the voters’ register.
He said today he will travel to Koboko in West Nile where the incumbent Evelyn Anite is tussling it out with Dr Charles Ayume.
In Serere County, he said they have received two petitions, where the incumbent Patrick Okabe and a new entrant Phillip Ouchor are contesting each other’s academic qualifications.
According to Dr Odoi, last week thugs suspected to have been hired by the incumbent Hoima District Woman MP Harriet Businge Mugenyi’s camp beat up Beatrice Wembabazi into coma.
Dr Odoi said, however, the victim and the accused reached an amicable agreement and agreed to carry on with peaceful campaigns.