By Our reporter
The National Resistance Movement NRM has retained Kamuli Parliamentary Seat with its flag bearer Rehema Watongola beating four other candidates including Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag-bearer, Proscovia Salaamu Musumba.
Watongola, polled 8726 votes according to the results released just four hours after the closure of the election exercise at 4pm, at Kamuli Youth Centre by the Kamuli district returning officer, Gracious Aryaija.
Watongola beat main rival, FDC’s Salaamu Musumba with a margin of close to three thousand votes. Musumba, whose petition challenging Watongola’s victory in February 2016 was the reason for today’s by-election, garnered 5778 votes.
Proscovia Naikoba Kanakutanda came third with 169 votes followed by Mike Kiboome with103 and Samuel Walugyo who polled 63 votes.
Three hundred and sixty eight votes were invalid.
The voter turnout was poor with 14,839 people, or just over a half of the registered voters, turning up to vote. Kamuli Municipality has a total number of 27,301 registered voters and 54 polling stations.
The Kamuli Municipality parliamentary seat fell vacant in February when the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Rehema Watongola for lack of requisite academic qualifications. The court decision followed a petition filed by Musumba who accused Watongola of uttering and using false documents to contest for the seat in February 2016.