By Ambrose Kweronda
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidates in both Parliamentary and Local Government elections in Ntungamo district have accused the district returning officer Latif Ngonzi of incompetence and failure to organize free and fair elections.
The candidates who were briefing the media at the district party offices in the Municipality championed by defeated LCV candidate on FDC ticket, Matsiko Chripus asked for his resignation.
Matsiko said the election in which he garnered 6,165 votes (4.30%) was, characterized by ballot stuffing in Ruhaama, late delivery of polling materials and military involvement where uniformed men lining up to cast their votes dismissed civilians from casting their votes especially in Ntungamo Municipality.
Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate, Samuel Mucunguzi NRM was declared winner with 126,027 votes (87.91%) in an election that is now being disputed by opposition.
“In Ntungamo district, the electoral process is not over until it is over because we are petitioning court to declare the election conducted by Ngonzi as null and void, and prepare for another election since this man is incompetent to organize free and fair election,” Matsiko noted.
He also accused the returning officer, polling officials and polling assistants of siding with security agencies and NRM party claiming that Electoral Commission in the district recruited polling officials who were put forward by RDC, DISO and GISO and others submitted by NRM candidates which antagonized with electoral laws.
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