NRM’s Emmanuel Urombi wins Nebbi district seat
National Resistance Movement’s Emmanuel Urombi is the new Nebbi District Chairperson following a hotly contested by-election, beating his two other challengers.
He was declared winner by the Electoral Commission officials on Friday morning.
Mr. Urombi garnered 44,625 votes, while his biggest challenger Independent candidate Othubo George polled 18,323 votes.
Forum for Democratic Party candidate Onyai Vick Emmanuel came in the third position with 4,022 votes.
The Nebbi district seat fell vacant following the death of the then district chairman, Esrom Alenyo . Alenyo was a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
Earlier reports said the by-election had been marred by intimidation, voter bribery, among other election malpractices. Some supporters of Independent candidate Othubo George accused the Electoral Commission officials of altering results from Alengu Playground pooling station.
Towards 5am on Friday morning, the district’s returning officer Mr. Michael Arinaitwe, declared Urombi Emmanuel who had obtained the largest number of votes, as the winner for Nebbi District Chariman by-election.
A day to the polling date on Wednesday, the Electoral Commission issued a statement banning the media from conducting live interviews with the candidates on a polling day.
Previously, candidates would freely talk to the press especially after casting their votes at their respective polling stations.