Former Kitgum NUSAF district technical officer Fred Owot has won the race to hold the flag of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in the mayoral race.
This was after beating two opponents in the NRM party primaries yesterday. Owot got 1,984 votes. The LC5 councilor Walter Too-Oroma was second with 1,615 votes, while the district youth council chairman, Raymond Ochan came last with 203 votes.
Owot will now have to wait for candidates from other political parties in the contest to become the first mayor of the newly-created Kitgum municipality in next year’s polls.
However, the votes tallied did not include that of Te Fene Polling Station in East Ward A village, Guu Parish B, where voters refused to vote after their Yellow Book Register had disappeared.
Attempts by NRM district administrative secretary Geoffrey Nyero to make them vote using other methods communicated by the party headquarters were met with violent resistance.
Some unruly voters removed the “ballot box” from the arena, prompting a tussle between Nyero and area electoral official on the one hand and the voters on the other. Hence, the voting exercise could not go on there.
Nyero announced last night saying official results of the entire district would be released by the district registrar Cyrus Odong-kene today (Tuesday).