NRM Candidate Wins Kween LC 5 By-Election

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Machinjach garnered 11, 575 votes to beat his closest rival, Nelson Chelimo Kaprokuto, an Independent who got 8, 252 votes.

Paul Machinjach Kapchemeiko, the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM candidate, has won the Kween district Local Council 5 by election.

Machinjach garnered 11, 575 votes to beat his closest rival Nelson Chelimo Kaprokuto, an Independent who got 8, 252. Machinjach’s son Tom Chemusto of the Forum for Democratic Change party, who made history by contesting against his father, came third with 974 votes. The other candidates in the race were Alex Labu of Uganda People’s Congress Party who got 303 votes while Jackson Mwanga, another Independent came last with only 58 votes.

Rashida Najjuka, the Electoral Commission Returning Officer for Kween District accordingly declared Machinjach as the duly elected chairperson of Kween district.

The declaration at the Commission offices that came at exactly 11:15pm, threw the NRM party support into wild celebrations.

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A total of 21, 607 out of 38, 081 registered voters in the Kween by-election cast their votes, with 445 votes being declared invalid. At the time of the declaration, none of the five candidates were present except their agents.

Lawrence Mangusho Cherop, the Kween District NRM party chairman who was present at the time of declaration could not hide his joy, describing the victory as a good foundation for all the NRM candidates and the party at large in future elections.

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Tom W. Buruku, the Electoral Commissioner In charge of Far-Eastern Region, who oversaw the elections in Kween described it as was the most peaceful elections registered in the history of Uganda.

He commended the political maturity exhibited by the five candidates.

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Kween district LC V seat fell vacant on 31st August 2011, after the High Court in Kampala nullified the elections of Lawrence Mangusho Cherop on the grounds of lack of requisite academic qualifications and failure to comply with the electoral laws.

The win comes as a relief for the ruling party who have lost all but one by election in the post-2011 era. Apart from Busiro North Constituency where former vice president Professor Gilbert Bukenya retained his parliamentary seat, NRM went on to lose by elections in Luweero, Entebbe Municipality, Bukoto South, Jinja East, Kasese district and Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.