More drama in the Lagaip Open by-election this week as it was revealed that the Returning Officer for the District, Norman Waliyo had resigned from his position, leaving the counting for the by-election in limbo.
This was revealed through a letter to the Electoral Commissioner from Waliyo.
According to Waliyo, this decision came following relentless intimidation from political candidates and supporters during the supplementary election.
“The pressure exerted on me has been overwhelming and has compromised the integrity of the electoral process,” he wrote.
“The recent tragic shootout in Wabag town resulting in the loss of four civilian lives has heightened the risks to my personal safety.”
“I have received numerous threats and menacing messages, posing a grave danger to my life.”
Waliyo further stated that due to the absence of adequate security guarantees for not only him but his family and associates should he continue his responsibilities.
“Considering these circumstances and the profound risks involved, I am left with no choice but to tender my resignation.”
He added that his decision is based on the imperative need to ensure personal safety, which unfortunately cannot be guaranteed in the current situation.