437 Pre-ticked Ballot Papers in favor of Peter Sematimba found at Public Library

A new set of pre-ticked ballot papers has been counted at the National Public Library polling station in Kampala City.

Joseph Biribonwa, the deputy Electoral Commission chairperson, says 473 ticked in favor of NRM mayoral candidate Peter Sematimba were stuffed into ballot boxes at the public library before the LC5 elections opened this morning. 26 were ticked for independent candidate Erias Lukwago and 70 for the aspiring LC5 councilor for Kampala Central II Alfred Ntabazi.

About an hour earlier, 399 pre-ticked ballot papers marked in favor of Peter Sematimba were found at Bat Valley polling station, across the road from the public library.

The public library presiding officer, Esther Mbabazi, has been detained by the police for questioning. The police also intend to question Eric Mwine, an elections officer who was beaten up at the polling station for allegedly participating in the ballot box stuffing.

In the meantime, the police are hunting for the driver of a Toyota Elegand registration number UAL 939P, which reportedly delivered the ballot papers to the polling stations. The vehicle was abandoned at the scene.

Joseph Biribonwa says elections at Bat Valley and the public library have been cancelled pending a full investigation into the matter. He says similar queries will be made into allegations of vote rigging at a polling station located at the National Theatre.