Ras Mubarak Wins Kumbungu

Ras Mubarak, the CEO of the National Youth Authority, has won the Kumbungu constituency primary by polling 3,945 votes to beat his main contender, Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu, who polled 3,104 votes. The other three contenders, Abdallah Ibrahim Baba, Dr Hamza Adam and Amadu Kahad, polled 1,288, 2,722 and 210 votes respectively.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE after the declaration of the results by the Electoral Commission, Ras Mubarak thanked all the chiefs, leaders and people of the Kumbungu constituency for their support.

According to him, there is a lot to be done in the Kumbungu constituency in terms of health, education, roads and employment. He indicated that he would lobby with some people in government to help solve some of the challenges facing Kumbungu especially youth unemployment.

Responding to the alleged bloating of the voter register, he stated that the election was credible and that it was the first time in the history of this country that any political party had expanded the electoral college that much, indicating that all over the world there are no perfect elections and that some misunderstandings are bound to come up.

He urged all political parties in the country to learn from the NDC because the party gave power back to the people to determine who should be their candidates.

The Kumbungu constituency had 14,301 party supporters voting in 21 polling centres in the NDC parliamentary and presidential primaries.

The Kumbungu election was postponed  on Saturday  because  four aspirants accused Ras Mubarak of bloating the register by smuggling in  names of  about 400 NPP members,  which were detected later during the exhibition exercise, and demanded that the names be removed else voting would not take place in the constituency.

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress in the Northern Region, realising that tension was mounting in the area, suspended both the presidential and parliamentary elections in the constituency.

The suspension followed an agreement reached by the Electoral Commission, the regional executives and the national executives of the party.

However, time was far spent as at the time the situation was finally resolved so the election was postponed to Sunday.

FROM Eric Kombat, Kumbungu

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