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.
The youth leaders say that the time allotted during the election of village youth committees on Monday was unfavourable and affected their ability to participate in the exercise. The election was held between 8 a.m and 2 p.m But the youth leaders want the election to be limited to only two hours running between 8-10 a.m. to attract and retain a sizeable number of voters during elections.
Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the EC chairman, says no candidate will be allowed to organize any activity aimed at soliciting money from potential voters as it is tantamount to bribery contrary to Section 147(1) of the Local Government Act.
Justice Mwanguhya however, declined to pronounce himself on the allegations that MPs were bribed to support the bill, saying it is the role of the Auditor General to do so. Each MP received Shillings 29M as facilitation to consult voters on the bill
At most polling stations visited by our reporter, polling materials arrived by 630am while voting commenced between 8am and 8:30am. At Awindiri primary school F-Z and A-E polling stations that have 554 and 635 registered voters respectively, one of the presiding officers failed to show up and had to be replaced by the parish supervisor.
The Electoral Commission notes that elections had to be called off in some electoral areas mainly because unregistered residents disrupted the exercise when they were turned away. Available data from the field indicates that elections were not held in about 633 electoral areas, the statement reads in part.
According to information obtained by our reporter, Zziwa complained to the Commission that Ssenkungu was a nonresident. The deletion of Ssenkungus name from the register didnt go down well with the voters.
Alex Baryamujura, a voter from Kahunga in Ntungamo Sub County, says Orishaba didnt campaign in their area. Feddy Tugumizemu, another voter says she once heard that Orishaba was a candidate but neither saw her or her agents.
Only 62 legislators voted against the Bill that has since its tabling in September 2017 by Igara West MP caucused tension and for the first time in the history of parliament, saw a brawl in the Chambers with the invasion of security personnel. Only two MPs abstained from the vote at the second and third reading of the bill.
Delay in dispatch of materials and poor voter turn-up have delayed the start of voting in Rubanda district. The newly created district is among the four holding by-elections to fill up vacant positions that became available effective July 1, 2016.