The ruling National Resistance Movement has cancelled the recently held youth elections over voter bribery and fictitious candidates.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, NRM deputy electoral commission boss, John Arimpa Kyigyagi, cites several anomalies including elections starting as late as 1:00am, several incidences of open voter bribery and lack of clear registers for the delegates.
Kyigyagi also cites fictitious candidates, delegates form several districts not given opportunity to cast their vote etc.
“…that characterised the whole electoral process of the Youth elections during the last concluded delegates conference,” Kyigyagi wrote to Kayihura.
“We as the electoral commission have looked into the matter as raised by the several youth leaders across the country and unanimously agreed to have a fresh election on November 8, 2015 at Namboole stadium starting from 9 am.”
The letter notified the various national youth delegates to report for accreditation and facilitation of November 7, 2015.
Notable of the cited malpractices was an accusation against the minister for Animal Industry, Bright Rwamirama, who reportedly stormed Namboole and ordered delegates to vote his son.
By the end of the exercise, Rwamirama’s son, Mwine Mpaka, emerged winner of the Youth Western Member of Parliament.
The minister was in the company of the “sole candidate girl” and minister for Youth Affairs, Evelyn Anite, NRM deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong, and NRM vice Chairperson, Moses Kigongo.
Mpaka, was vying for the position of Western Youth MP with the biggest challenge coming from Dennis Akampurira who hails from Kabale and Edwin Muhumuza from Kiruhura district.
There was a lot of intimidation from alleged security officers dressed in Museveni T-shirts, bribery and influence peddling.