Jeema party president, Asuman Basalirwa, has taken an early lead, according to provisional results from the Friday by-election.
Basalirwa is vying the Bugiri municipality parliamentary seat against FDC’s Eunice Namatende and the ruling party NRM’s John Francis Oketcho.
Market A Polling station
1. Basalirwa Asuman 500
2. Oketcho (NRM) 100
3. Eunice Namatende 20
Market B Polling Station
1. Basalirwa Asuman 700
2. Oketcho (NRM) 200
3. Eunice Namatende 10
Naluwerere 1 Polling station
1.Basalirwa Asuman 1,535
Basalirwa accuses NRM of voter bribery
Speaking to press earlier, Basalirwa said police was recklessly arresting people, adding that military presence is uncalled for.
“NRM camp and agents have been moving around openly bribing voters. The NRM camp and agents have been moving around openly bribing voters,” he said.
He claimed receiving new that NRM wanted to hire people, dress them in “togikwatako” attires so they can cause chaos at the polling stations.
“NRM hired taxis, put goons in these taxis and they are the ones who have been moving around bribing voters,” he added.
NRM caucus vice chairperson, Hon Solomon Silwany, alleged that Basalirwa’s chief campaigner MP Bobi Wine brought goons from Kampala.
“It was unfair, police just looked on as the mob was chasing me, I had to run the ‘Kisoga’ way,” he said, referring to an earlier incident in which he pepper sprayed voters.
“I can’t bribe voters. At the end of the day, the voters will decide the winner.”
Residents at Naluwerere Polling Station kicked out the Bukooli Central legislator on allegations of voter bribery.
Provisional results from Bugiri Municipality elections;
Kirunda Catholic Church
Mirror polling station