This polling station with 2,182 voters split into three polling stations, is where former National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi votes from. Kyagulanyi is a resident of Magere village located in Kasangati Town Council, Wakiso district.
According to the Electoral Commission guidelines, voters can only access polling stations if they are wearing a face mask and have washed their hands with soap and water. But there were no handwashing facilities at the stations today, neither did they provide hand sanitisers, to help voters to keep coronavirus disease at bay. In fact, even those with no face masks were not stopped from voting, both in Kampala and Wakiso.
A brief statement issued by the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in Brussels does not comment on the outcome of the elections, just saying “The European Union takes note of the results of the presidential elections declared by the Electoral Commission in Uganda.”
In Kampala, the electorate were voting for the Lord Mayor, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). Candidates for the Lord Mayoral seat include incumbent Erias Lukwago, Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala, Joseph Mayanja, Daniel Kazibwe and Charles James Ssenkubuge, among others.
The rains started a few minutes after 4 p.m. as stations closed the exercise, which was rather poorly attended. Polling officials in Nakawa and Makindye rushed to secure the ballot boxes in nearby shelters, from the open space where polling was conducted, all day long.
Reagan Opiro, a voter in Tegwana Parish says he made several failed attempts to vote in the morning because his identity couldn't easily be verified by the machine until he voted manually. He added that some of the voters he was queuing with left after thy became impatient.
Although voting at the place had started well and moved on calmly, it suddenly became chaotic when police were tipped about a group of women moving with candidate's posters and distributing money to voters.
Francis Junior Rwabarasi was manning Ruburara primary school Polling station in Rubaya Sub county. The district returning officer Betty Komugyereko says the presiding officer was replaced with the polling assistant and voting proceeded.
At the three polling stations at Kampala Hill Academy in Kyebando, four in Kazo Angola, Six at Homisdallen and to the four at St. Paul's Primary School in Kyebando Central, there were no more than five people in the line at any time. At some point, there was no one at all, save for the polling officials and agents.
According to Electoral Commission, each ballot booklet must have a total of 50 papers. However, at some polling stations visited by our reporter, some booklets had 30 to 40 papers raising suspicion on the whereabouts of the other missing ballot papers.
The Buikwe South Member of Parliament elect Dr Michael Bayiga Lulume has been arrested together with seven polling agents for the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC LC5 candidate Jimmy Kananbi ahead of the tallying exercise.
"We saw the polling assistant entering the hall with ballot papers that he had plucked out of the ballot book. We followed him up only to find him meeting with the agents of NRM candidates. We couldn't wait for their next action and that's how the chaos began," noted one of Nyanjura agents.
In some areas within Nansana Municipality and Busiro East constituency, voting delayed for more than an hour when the station failed to get the required five voters to witness the opening of electoral material kits.