The people of Kaabong district have gone to the polls to vote for the district woman member of parliament. The seat fell vacant after Ms. Lily Akello who was representing the district crossed to represent the newly created Karenga district which started its operation on the 1st of July 2019.
According to Electoral Commission, they are 40,128 registered voters in 130 polling stations in the entire district. By around 4 am on Thursday electoral commission dispatched the ballot papers to 130 polling stations in the district.
There are two contestants in the race, NRM’s Christine Nakwang Tubo and FDC’s Adyaka Judith Nalibe. Adyaka was forced to stay in the race after her party rejected her withdrawal from the race just two weeks to the polls. Ms. Adyaka had written a letter to the electoral commission withdrawing from the pull just two weeks for the date of the elections citing lack of financial support from her party. But the FDC wrote to the electoral commission rejecting the withdrawal of Ms. Adyaka and warned legal action should the commission honour the withdrew of their candidate without party’s consent.
Following the FDC letter to the EC signed by FDC Secretary-General Mr. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the commission also wrote back to Ms Adyaka rejecting her request. This prompted her to threaten legal action should the commission put her picture on the ballot paper. Mr. Julius Ongom, the district returning officer Kaabong confirmed that the photo and full names of Ms. Adyaka Judith Nalibe is in the ballot papers.
Mr Paul Bukenya, the deputy communication officer in the electoral commission said the exercise started peacefully and all the election materials reached to the polling stations in time.