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Candidates in Wakiso Fail to Field Agents

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However, at several polling stations visited by URN reporters, there were either few or no polling agents. Even candidates sponsored by parties which have grassroots structures in Wakiso like National Resistance Movement; Forum for Democratic Change and Democratic Party had no representation.
20 Jan 2021 12:37
Although several Electoral areas in Wakiso have more than seven candidates, very few have agents on the different polling stagtions

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Many candidates in the on-going Local Government elections in Wakiso have failed to field polling agents at polling stations. Polling agents are critical officers who serve as the eyes and ears protecting the interests of their parties or candidates at polling stations.

However, at several polling stations visited by URN reporters, there were either few or no polling agents. Even candidates sponsored by parties that have grassroots structures in Wakiso like National Resistance Movement; Forum for Democratic Change and Democratic Party had no representation.  

Derrick Kasumba, a candidate in Wakiso Town Council, blames the failure to field polling agents for lack of funds. Kasumba notes that in his electoral area there are 35 polling stations and therefore a candidate needs more than two million to pay the agents. “One of the reasons why you are not seeing agents is money. Someone vying to be a district councilor might not have two million to pay these people. On top of that, you have to feed and transport them. In many cases we rely on friends to take on such roles, where you don’t have a friend it means you are most likely not to deployment,” Kasumba said.   Maria Nakiboneka, National Unity Platform’s Nansana West I B candidate, is one of the many that has no agents. When our reporter found her at St Joseph Catholic Church polling station she appeared panicky and confused. She thought that the party leadership could have sorted the matter. However, that wasn’t the case.  “Time is running out and I have no agents in most of the polling stations. We had planned for the deployment but some of our people have not turned,” she noted. She further argued that she was going to earmark critical areas to ensure that they were covered.   Simon Nsubuga, one of the candidates vying for the Wakiso LCV seat, says getting agents for the on-going round of the election wasn’t an easy task. Nsubuga, who is contesting on Democratic Party ticket, adds that his team had planned to deploy agents which the party had fielded in the presidential and parliamentary election but most of them refused because they were not paid. //Cue in; “Some delays...

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