Rukungiri returning officer suspended ahead of by-election

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Electoral Commission, deputy Chairperson, Ms Aisha Lubega (L) and Commissioner Justine Aheebwa address journalists on Rukungiri by-elections at EC headquarters in Kampala on April 5, 2018.

The Uganda electoral commission has suspended Rukungiri district returning officer Pius Ahimbisibwe ahead of the by-election for the Woman MP.

Ahimbisibwe was in charge of the 2016 general election.

According to the chairman electoral commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, the electoral commission could not risk to have the same man who presided over an election that led to a petition challenging the result in an election involving the same candidates.

Byabakama is quoted telling a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday that the returning officer accepted in an affidavit that he announced partial results and yet the remaining votes were higher than those that had been counted which is a great offense.

He said this is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo and cannot allow the same man to run the process.

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He added: “We need to be seen to be acting transparently. He accepted his mess in court, he has been suspended.”

He appointed Umar Kiyimba as the new returning officer.

Byabakama promised transparency in the whole exercise.

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