National Resistence Movement (NRM) party flag-bearer Harriet Businge was declared winner of Thursday’s Hoima District Woman Member of Parliament by-election.
Hoima District Returning Officer Douglas Matsiko declared Businge winner with 33,301 votes, beating Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party candidate Asanansi Nyakato of FDC who got a total of 28,789 votes.
Out of the 63,780 total ballot papers counted, 62090 were valid votes cast for candidates, 1690 ballot papers were rejected (invalid) and 128 were declared spoilt.
“Accordingly as Returning Officer for Hoima Electoral District and in accordance with Section 58(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005, I declare Harriet Businge who has obtained the largest number of votes to be the elected candidate for District Woman Representative to parliament, Hoima District,” Hoima District Returning Officer Douglas Matsiko on Friday morning, amidst cheers and jubilation from NRM party supporters.
The Hoima District Woman MP seat fell vacant after it’s incumbent Tophas Kaahwa opted to represent the new Kikuube District, which was curved out of Hoima on July 1, 2019.
In a related development, NRM party candidate Christine Tubo Nakwang won the Kaabong District Woman MP seat with with 22,532 votes, beating her contender Judith Nalibe Adyaka of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party who got only 1,692 out of 26,189 total number of ballot papers counted on the by-election held on Thursday.