In all the five tents of Rubaga, Kampala Central, Makindye, Nakawa and Kawempe are occupied to capacity, with more than 800 people, while hundreds are standing outside waiting for the declaration of winners. Hundreds of others are stranded at the gate.
In the draws conducted on Monday at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde, Cameroon by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Uganda was placed in Group A alongside Mozambique, Cameroon and hosts Mauritania.
“We have told them there is no Quarterfinal for the team until they play and get a result in the game against Morocco, we want to write a story for ourselves, for the country and everyone back home, the odds are against us but we believe it is possible”
According to Abas Namara, the Rukungiri district returning Officer, the ballot papers were exchanged with those from Fort portal, necessitating the suspension of the exercise for those specific positions until further notice.
Perusi Munaaba, the only female candidate contesting against 10 men for the mayoral seat said that it was important to mobilise voters through WhatsApp and Short Message Services because many had no idea about today's polls. Munaana tapped into youths, business and women social media groups in various parishes, where she sent messages.
Dirlisa Kataryeba, an election monitor for the opposition Forum for Democratic-FDC party, said that by the time rain started, people were still in lines and left immediately it started. Kataryeba says although the voter turnout was low, the voting process went on well.
Sserwanga notes that he identified many youths, older men and women. He, however, says since most of the people, presented voter location slips his caution was taken lightly with some people saying that the accused persons might have changed their polling stations.
Ssebagala Edward a diehard of Kyagulanyi and a resident of Gayaza in Kasangati town council in Wakiso District said when they heard that court had directed security to vacate their president’s home, they came hoping to see their president but they were turned away by security.
Upon examination of the voter’s register, police discovered and polling agents of several opposition candidates discovered a mismatch between the voting data recorded by the Biometric machines and that on the voter’s registrar.
Ssempijja through his lawyers led by Geoffrey Kandebe told the court that the same thing happened at about 25 polling stations, which gave a chance to Katabazi’s polling agents and officials to mismatch the votes and hence robbed him of his victory.
Although voting was meant to start at 7:00 am, voting started late at most polling stations because of delayed delivery of voting materials and the rains. In some places, like Bukoto, Ntinda and parts of Naguru voting had not yet started when the rains began.
Peter Losigiria, a reformed warrior and peace member in Moroto district, said establishing mobile courts and schools in pastoralist's kraals would help to get rid of people who have refused to stop rustling and help their children to have access to education.
One voter became suspicious and tasked the presiding officer only identified as Ruth to display the ballot papers she had given to another voter. But she did not heed to the call, annoying those in the queue who surrounded her within a minute.
Trouble started after voters realized the ballot papers for the directly elected councilors IV for Westland A ward in Kitgum Municipal Council had photos of a candidate who was instead contesting for the electoral area as councilor III for Central division.
Although voting opened across the two divisions in Soroti, there were no ballot papers for all the 25 wards in the city, causing anxiety among voters and candidates who wanted the entire exercise to be called off. But after consultations, the election was reopened for only the Division Mayors and Women representatives.
"These NUP and FDC agents were campaigning at the polling station and calling voters promising to give them money if they come and vote. We had no option but to call security officers who came on time and arrested them," said David Byakatonda, the polling agent of Mamerito.