The police fired live bullets and teargas Friday evening to disperse locals who had turned rowdy after they disputed the results from one of the polling stations in Kiteny sub-county, Chua East constituency, Kitgum district.
The contested results were from Lalekan polling station which the locals claimed had been manipulated to favour the state minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem.
They demanded that the NRM registrar for Kiteny sub-county gives them all the results to enable them understand the results that had made a dramatic turn around to put Okello Oryem ahead of Godfrey Luwo in the contest for Chua East NRM flag.
The presiding officer, Richard Otema, however, declined to heed to their request to announce results from other polling stations, sparking off protests.
Police responded by firing live bullets and teargas to disperse the rowdy group.
David Aisu, the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) defended the presiding officer action which he said was in line the NRM electoral commission’s guidelines which mandated them to transmit the sub-county results to the district NRM office for tallying.