"There is no other area in Uganda where people are voted when they are not ethnically in that area like it is in Buganda. We have had many MPs who are not Baganda who have been elected in Buganda through the years, which is not very common in other areas,” Mayiga said.
Museveni was contesting with 10 other candidates in the race for the country's top office. According to declared results by EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Museveni won the with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 per cent).
Only 10,359,479 voters participated in the polls, out of the 18,103,603 voters registered voters across the country. The figures indicate that the Thursday poll had a voter turnout of 57.22 per cent less than the 2016 election’s where the turn out stood at 62.61 per cent and 2006 when up to 69.2 per cent of all registered voters were able to participate.
Upon arrival at the polling station, voters are expected to join a queue and access a handwashing sanitizing zone. From here, they will go to the Biometric Voter Verification Kit (BVVK) table for verification. This process involves confirming if the person is of voting age and that their names appear on the voter's register.
165 polling stations, mainly in Kampala and Wakiso, have more than 1200 registered voters which are above the ceiling of voters supposed to be at a particular polling station in urban areas (and 900 in rural areas) according to Electoral Commission (EC) data.
“I wish all of you successful voting. Be at your polling stations by 6.30 a.m. and after voting please wait for the official announcements of the Independent Electoral Commission. Our Polling Agents should be extra vigilant at the polling stations. They should be there by 6.00 am to witness the delivery of the election materials at the polling stations,” Museveni said.
Ugandans go to polls to elect their president and Members of Parliament on Thursday 14th, 2021. The incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is contending with 10 others for the country’s top office.
Muhammad Ssegiringya, one of the candidates for the Kawempe North Parliamentary seat is one of the candidates who have almost filled his electoral area with different posters demonstrating how people should vote.
Amuriat said that now that the campaigns have come to an end, all the attention should be put on the actual Election Day. “A vote is your democratic right and duty. All fellow Ugandans of voting age should turn up in their numbers and vote. Casting a vote is expression of who you want to be your leaders for the next five years. Without determining the right leader, in the next five years, you will has failed your constitutional responsibility,” Amuriat said.
With 5.65 million voters which is approximately 31.18 percent of the total registered voters and the NRM advantage on a downward spiral, Buganda is seen as a critical voting block which any candidate who wishes to win must bag.
According to the Electoral Commission (EC) campaign program, Kalembe was supposed to continue campaigning in the two districts after she wrote to the EC informing them of a change in the campaign schedule. However, the delay in communicating to the police in the two districts by the EC prevented the presidential candidate from holding campaigns.
Paul Omer, the Interim Soroti City Mayor and head of Amuriat’s campaign in Teso and Karamoja says that their candidate has very higher chances in the region. He explains that Amuriat has proposed better strategies to improve education and agricultural sectors in the country.
The former president notes as the country goes to the polls, the voters and other stakeholders should be left to participate freely in an environment that promotes competition and tolerance without intimidation.
Luzzi’s campaign motorcade includes a Fuso truck carrying a billboard bearing both President Museveni’s official campaign poster and his (Luzzi) poster. The truck also bears a symbol of the bus which represents NRM and the hoe, the official symbol for the Democratic Party.
“If it came out earlier, voters could forget about it, but our strategy is to releases at this time so that everyone is aware of our aspirations days to the voting day,” says Katumba's team of the manifesto a couple of days to the polling day.
Titled 'The Untold Story of John Katumba', the 91-page book gives a glimpse into the youngest presidential candidate's life story in the context of Uganda's history, details his search for the mandatory signatures, and some of his campaign.