Only 55 per cent of the total results expected across 172 polling stations in Cwero, Paicho, Awach, Palaro, Bungatira, and Patiko Sub-Counties had been signed, delivered and declared by George Obwola Ebola, the District Election Officer by the time the downpour started.
Atimango, a teacher and former radio presenter will now be the only female candidate facing three male contestants for the Gulu East Division parliamentary seat in 2021 general polls. The three male aspirants include Rev. Fr. Charles Onen, John Bosco Uhuru, and Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukomoi.
Judith Komugisha, an observer with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, said that at Kitooma hill Polling centre voting started late in the afternoon because of the registration process and the subsequent verification which was conducted by the village committee
The voters were required to wear face masks, keep a social distance, avoid hand shaking hugging, while they go through the party primaries, held today, across the country. Despite the presence of Security personnel, a majority of the voters failed to adhere to the guidelines, yet there was limited enforcement.
Gerald Kasiita, the NRM Chairperson of Mazinga Sub-County says a group of rowdy youth stormed the gazetted polling station at Busindi playground and caused chaos that confused the whole process leading to its being halted
The polling stations were expected to open at 8 am for verification of voters starts at 9 am and polling at 11 am.
However, those at Entebbe Mayor's Garden, Katabi Namate, Lake Victoria Primary School Entebbe in Kakeeka village among others had not opened by 9:30am.
Mislam Eburu, the Sub County Supervisor of Kyere Sub County says he couldn’t risk allowing voting when voters failed to cooperate with the officials at the polling station. He explains that some people turned violent when officials asked them to wear masks and keep a distance from each other.
However despite the fact that voters are supposed to choose both the district woman MP flag bearer and the constituency MP flag bearer, at a polling station where the minister of Lands Beti Namisango Kamya voted from, the voters said they can’t vote for somebody they don’t know.
In Nyakoi Village in Kachumbala Sub County, more than three quarters of the registered voters failed to turn to vote this morning. Some of the voters at the polling station said they fear for the aftermath of the elections since lining up exposes one’s choice.
By 9 a.m. today, most of the polling stations in Makindye West were already set up ahead of Polls which are expected to start at 11 a.m. At Luvuma Village in Makindye I parish, the presiding officer Agness Mukabya said she expects up to 356 voters to take participate in the exercise.