NRM Electoral Commission declared the State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana as the winner of the Rushenyi County elections in the ruling party primaries.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party director in charge of legal affairs, Oscar Kihika has defended the party’s decision to declare State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana as the Rushenyi constituency flag bearer.
Last week following a fresh review into the votes, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission declared the State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana as the winner of the Rushenyi County elections in the ruling party primaries.
In the new findings, Rukutana claimed a total of 25,310 votes claiming victory over his NRM colleagues including Kabasharira who got a total of 25290 votes, Bob Nahabwe on 2270 votes, Nicholas on Niwahereza 129 votes, Elia Rwagara Mwesigwa on 256 votes and Norman Kashereka Beingana on 350 votes.
“I therefore declare Mwesigwa Rukutana who has polled the highest number of votes representing 46.27% as the duly elected NRM flag bearer for Rushenyi constituency Member of Parliament,” part of a statement from party commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi read.
The new confirmation has since not gone well with a section of people more so those from the opposition who claim that Rukutana’s appointment was a clear indication of vote-rigging and unfair elections.
However, according to the Legal Director, Mr Kihika, they went on the ground and made a thorough examination of all documents relating to the election before concluding the new findings.
Kihika made the remarks while addressing journalists on Sunday.
He said that both parties were requested to present their declaration forms and in comparison, all results at particular polling stations were matching apart from those from one village.
“Both parties were asked to bring their declaration of result forms for comparison with what was with the electoral commission. All results were matching apart from one contentious village where Kabasharira was saying there was no election whereas Rukutana insisted elections happened and had DR forms,” Kihika said.
But Kihika explained that they made thorough investigations and when they re-tallied the votes they found that Rukutana had 20 more votes than his opponent Kabasharira who came second on 5290 votes.
“When they re-tallied the results from the exercise, it was found that Rukutana had won but there was thorough examination of all documents relating to the election,” Kihika said.