The supporters of Alton Okocha Kasolo of the National Unity Platform (NUP) erupted into celebrations as soon as he was declared the winner of the Jinja city mayoral race early Friday.
But their celebrations were later cut short after he and many of the NUP supporters were arrested over allegedly holding a victory procession during curfew time.
After a busy two nights at the Jinja tally centre, Jennifer Kyobutungi, the Jinja city Electoral Commission returning officer declared Kasolo winner with 11,899 votes at about 2am Friday.
He beat Forum for Demoratic Change’s Dr. Frank Nabwiso (10,398 votes) and National Resistance Movement’s Robert Kanusu, who came in third with 9,810 votes.
The other candidates in the race were Democratic Party’s Ivan Tibenkana, Julius Zziwa (independent), Mohamed Ntuuyo (independent), Alliance for National Transformation’s Rose Kalembe, Jeff Bidandi (independent), Joseph Bamwite (independent) and Joseph Agaba (independent), who got 8,327, 1,802, 592, 364, 290, 254 and 203 votes, respectively.
Kasolo now goes into the history books as the first mayor of Jinja city following its elavation to its current status from a municipality last year.
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