12 February 2013

Uganda: Nebanda Wins With 27,338 Votes

The losers in in Butaleja by-election have conceded defeat in favour of the winner, Florence Andiru Nebanda. ( Resource: By-Elections in Uganda's Butajela District

The returning officer for Butaleja district Mable Wakabi on Monday night at around 11:30 pm declared Florence Andiru Nebanda the sister of the late  Nebanda as the woman MP for Butaleja amidst ululation from the crowd that had gathered outside the tallying centre.

Nebanda scooped 27,338 votes beating her closest rival Betty Hamba who bagged 12, 157, while Sarah Annet Logose scored 3,393, Perusi Munaba got 1,332, Felista Namwihiri Higwira bagged 3,262, making the total number of valid votes cast in the election 47,482, the invalid votes were 1,202 with 31 spoilt votes. This brought the total number of votes counted to 48, 684.

Emmanuel Dombo attributes the landslide victory of Nebanda to the popularity that the party has gained in Butaleja. He said, "I am an NRM MP and there is no way somebody can come and convince me to support any candidate who is not in my party, that is why I rallied support for Nebanda for she stood as an NRM and clintched the party flagship."

In an interview with Logose she said, "I am yet to consult my legal team on the outcome of this election, if they advise me to take legal steps then I will not hesitate to do so." However, Hamba's husband Dan Batmabuze who represented his wife disappeared mysteriously to no trace.

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