FDC’s Betty Muzanira wins hotly contested Rukungiri By-Election

Muzanira beat NRM's Winfred Matsiko by 4282 votes

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, Ms Betty Muzanira has been declared winner of the Rukungiri District Woman MP by-election.

According to Daily Monitor, Ms Muzanira, who got 50,611 votes beat her biggest rival, National Resistance Movement’s Winfred Matsiko by 4282 votes. Matsiko got 46,329 votes while independent Prisca Mbaguta got 993 votes and People’s Progress Party’s Fabith Kukundakwe got 183.

FDC’s Betty Muzanira casting her vote yesterday

Earlier in the day, the FDC and NRM camps accused each other of vote rigging and inciting of violence amongst the voters.

However, FDC rejected results from Burora Parish Headquarters P/S (Nyarushanje s/c). They claimed that the

NRM’s Winfred Matsiko casting her vote yesterday

results read by Electoral Commission (EC) officials were different from what was posted originally at the polling station. 

The EC officials later acknowledged erroneous entries/discrepancies on the forms for the said parish and decided not to include the results from the polling station in the final tally

The final results were announced yesterday night amidst dancing and ululation by FDC officials.

The Rukungiri Woman MP seat fell vacant after Court of Appeal nullified Ms Masiko’s election following a petition by Ms Muzanira.



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