Naome Kibaaju, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate has won the Sheema North parliamentary by-election.
The Sheema district Electoral Commission returning officer, Deborah Asiimwe declared Kibaaju winner at about 9:10pm on Monday night.
Kibaaju garnered 11,326 votes representing 60.3 per cent while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Guma Nuwagaba garnered 7,322 representing 39.0 per cent. The invalid votes were 123 accounting for 0.7%.
The Electoral Commission chairperson justice Simon Byabakama commended the candidates and their electorate for being peaceful during campaigns and voting day. He said both voters and candidates exhibited a high degree of maturity during and after the exercise.
Shortly after being declared winner, Kibaaju said she will focus on reuniting people who could have been divided by elections and before she embarks on developmental projects.
Kibaaju noted that Sheema North is struggling with lack of clean water and electricity, which she says will be top on her agenda. Her rival Nuwagaba couldn't be reached for comment on the poll results.
Marshal Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi region police spokesperson, said they didn't register any serious incident during the polls. He commended residents for being peaceful and cooperating with security.
The Sheema North parliament seat fell vacant mid this year after the former legislator Dr Elioda Tumwesigye opted to contest for the newly created Sheema municipality parliamentary seat.