The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) want the Electoral Commission to explain under what circumstances the ruling party NRM accessed ballot papers before the polling exercise commenced in a by-election for Hoima Woman MP last Thursday.
FDC spokesperson Hon. Ssemujju Nganda said the Electoral Commission must explain how ballot papers that were intercepted by FDC agents got into the hands of NRM supporters.
In a press briefing held at FDC Party Headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday, Ssemujju said the FDC party has evidence that shows NRM with the help of the Military possessed ballot papers pre-ticked in favor of NRM’s candidate Harriet Busingye, which form their basis to dispute NRM’s victory as a fraud.
He said, on polling day, FDC agents led by Hon. Micheal Kabaziguruka intercepted a vehicle Toyota Harrier Registration number UEB 318E at Bulindi Parish, Kyabigambire Sub-County loaded with pre-ticked ballots, but the military quickly intervened and whisked away the vehicle.
Ssemujju said FDC party Secretary General will this week write to the Electoral Commission to explain how NRM got access to ballot papers.
He also said the party is set to write to the Prime Ministers office to explain how the office dispatched relief food under UN to Kaabong District during campaigns for the just-concluded elections which was allegedly used to solicit votes for NRM.
Ssemujju claims, the Minister for disaster preparedness Hon, Hiraly Onek used relief food in Kaabong as a bargaining chip for support of NRM’s candidate.
He trashed claims by NRM to have won elections both in Hoima and Kaabong saying it was fraud assisted by the military. He said the party will also write to the CDF Gen. David Muhoozi over the involvement of the military in the elections.
He however could not state whether the FDC will contest the outcome of the elections in Courts of Law, pending decision of party organs this week.
NRM’s Harriet Busingye and Christine Nakwang Tubo were declared winners last week in highly contested by-elections for District Woman representatives beating FDC candidates both in Hoima and Kaabong districts.