The absence of the secure boxes prompted polling officials to carry voters rolls in Khaki envelops to and from the polling stations. In Gulu municipality, some polling officials were seen improvising envelops for collecting back the voter slips bearing the seal of Electoral Commission that had issued to the voters.
The affected villages include Kizungu, Ntinda, Namwezi, Kasanja, Lugazi II, Nakibizzi and Naava zone in Njeru west. The others are Bujowaali and Nkokonjeru in Njeru North and lower Naava in Njeru east ward.
The clouds threatened to disrupt the polls after weeks of dry spell with drizzles clearing at about 11am in the morning. Suzan Auno, a voter in Layibi Division said the rains could not deter her from exercising her rights after a long time of waiting.
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.
A large gathering of youth, largely passionate males turned up to take part in the election of local council leaders as early as 7 a.m. They had to endure hours of verification, the scorching sun, political theatrics and heavy police and military deployment.
Jude Mbabaali, lawyer who also doubles as the Masaka District Chairpersons says due to the fact that the right of Public Officers to contest in LC1 and LC2 elections without resigning their offices was removed by Section 1 of the Local Government Amendments Act No.2 2006, which deleted Section 1166 b Mutebi could not be elected.
The confusion stemmed from a disagreement after voters found unsigned voters slips in the office of the Deputy Head Teacher of Hormisdallen Primary School. They accused the Electoral Commission of conniving with the school management to rig the elections.
Some of the leaders URN spoke to said that although they have residences in Kampala where they spend most of their time, they opted for the village registers in their constituencies in order to support the people who voted for them.
A reliable source who preferred anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the force told URN that the police officer fired bullets only because the voters had overwhelmed the three officers who were present at the polling station
The Democratic Party candidate had a huge number of people lining behind. However, while his supporters abandoned the queue in jubilation, the polling officer announced that the race was won by Ggenza Muhammad, an NRM leaning independent candidate
A cloth vendor at Balikuddembe Market who only identified himself at Katumba, said he decided to stay away from the polls because the contestants are motivated by personal interests as opposed to serving the public.
The voters turned rowdy moments after Kabugo declared Christopher Ssempijja as the winner of the race which had attracted three candidates. Ssempijja was contesting against Ronald Mutebi and Mike Kasule.
Apparently, the PWDs are unable to access the video calls without paying the Shillings 200 social media tax each day. Deborah Iyute, the Programs Officer the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda is one of those using video calls for her communication.