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FDC's Mwiru wins Jinja East by-election

Forum for Democratic Change candidate Paul Mwiru has been declared winner of the Jinja East by-election by the Electoral Commission. 

In a poorly attended election, Mwiru polled 6,654 votes against NRM's Igeme Nabeta who polled 5,043 votes. Mwiru said he entered the election with a loss of over 2,000 votes in reference to the alleged 2,000 ghost voters on the registry and the over 8,000 pre-ticked votes that were allegedly confiscated from Nabeta's camp. 

Paul Mwiru addressing the media after being declared winner of Jinja East by-election. Photo: @joycebagala1

Thousands of pre-ticked ballot papers in favour of the NRM candidate, Nabeta, were discovered from Iganga Road Junction polling station, according to election watchdog, Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU). 

Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa later in a statement disowned the pre-ticked ballot papers, saying on scrutiny, the electoral body verified that the serial numbers of those ballot papers were not from the Electoral Commission.

The by-election was occasioned by a court ruling that nullified Nabeta's 2016 election victory on grounds that he connived with the Electoral Commission to alter results at Danida A-D polling station which put him at an advantage. 

The by-election attracted eight candidates but the real contest was between NRM's Nabeta and Paul Mwiru of the FDC. 

Other candidates included Faisal Mayemba, Francis Wakabi, Christine Monica Abuze, Paul Mugaya and Hatim Isabirye Mugendi.

Mwiru claims about 500 of his voters were arrested ahead of the polls. He dedicated the win to those arrested voters, saying his victory is a win against the EC, police, army who worked together to fail him. 

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+6 #1 gwok 2018-03-15 22:42
If such results could be sustained elsewhere in the future, and if ballots could continue to count "truely", then the NRM as no future deyond this current term that M7 has, with or without M7 as president.

[That is my personal prediction of the future of Uganda]. This particular result is itself very significant because it is the "common" Soga speaking very clearly to Madam Speaker & her Boss. [I am sorry for the use of that word COMMON. I guess you get what I mean. I mean no malice to fellow Ugandans, the Dear Soga].
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+7 #2 Phalanch 2018-03-15 23:12
Congratulations FDC and Paul Mwiru and many thanks to Everyone who took a stand against stupidity to pave a way for right to prevail U r the true winners.

& the message behind all this , Together we are a formidable force next none .
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+5 #3 Lysol 2018-03-15 23:44
A win is a win;whether by less than !% or even a poor attendance.

History is always made by a tipping point and not always what everyone expect. Don't always undermine the victory of the so-called underdogs.
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+6 #4 Jama 2018-03-16 00:58
If elections are to be with all sincerity and honesty, the nrm will be defeated emphatically.

This FDC victory has proved how far Ugandans are fed of this barbaric regime. Its high time for those hanging around this fruitless leadership to consult their conscience.
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+5 #5 mungu 2018-03-16 10:03
congratulations to Mwiru and all the gallant sons and daughters of Busoga for resisting and defeating the bandits and heartless occupiers of our country
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+4 #6 Twebz 2018-03-16 10:34
At this point of time my guess is as right as yours that it's high time NRM started running for its money.

Undoubtedly, the concluded Jinja East constituency concluded poll is a great case in point for the entire national political landscape countrywide.

The ''kogikwatako!'' paraphrase has started taking its real shape.

Imagine the great slap in the NRM face after the entire ruling party machinery unleashed all its staff, chairman inclusive, on the Jinja East campaign.

Look at them dancing and giggling their heavily fed body parts on the rallies. See all the partisan army and police deployment to harass opposition voters.

The unimaginable ballot stuffing, arrest of opposition voters, and all that uncalled for nonsensical manouvres by our rulers. We pray for divine intervention.
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+2 #7 ejakait engoraton 2018-03-16 11:57
Mwiru's win, considering how small the margins are, even factoring in rigging and low turn out, is mostly down to my sisters much sung about UNITY.

If the other parties had fielded candidates then chances are he would not have won.

This should be a lesson for the likes of Mao and FDC should also return the favour
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0 #8 WADADA rogers 2018-03-17 22:16
Mwiru had told us two days to the election that his victory would be a referendum on the age limit meaning that whoever voted for the lifting of the term limits is in trouble come the next election.

Is this not a pointer for us to desist from organizing the referendum
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0 #9 ejakait engoraton 2018-03-18 11:01
MUST READ, Sunday Monitor, No need to celebrate Jinja victory, by Mugabe
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