ANT, DP Struggle to Deploy Agents in Kampala, Entebbe

The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) and the Democratic Party (DP) are struggling to deploy polling agents across a number of polling stations in Kawempe South Constituency in Kampala.  

The National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the National Unity Platform (NUP) party have agents at all polling stations across the constituency, all branded with jackets and tags.

This however, is not the case for DP, ANT and a number of independent candidates in the presidential race. A few of those who showed up as representatives of the two parties were requested to present their National Identification Cards and two copies of their appointment letters, but all in vain.

At Advanced Junior School polling station, the breaking of the seal of voting materials took place 7:30 a.m in the presence of only NUP and NRM agents. This was the same story at the Late Muzonjo Place where materials arrived at 8 a.m in the presence of NUP, NRM and FDC agents. 

However, polling materials at some polling stations in Kawempe South were delivered long after 7 a.m, the time which was initially designated for the start of elections. The only polling station that started voting early enough was at Makerere University Primary school (A-M) at 8:30 am despite voters turning up earlier in big numbers.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guidelines that were issued by the Ministry of health in prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) were generally observed at a number of polling stations, although some voters appeared without face masks, while others failed to observe social distancing.

Polling stations visited include; Advanced Junior, Christian Life Church, Late Muzonjo Place, Nkurumah, Nsibirwa, Mukula 1, Nakamiro, Nbukalu, Jambula Zone, Umoja , Busia polling station.  

Parliamentary candidates in Kawempe South include; FDC's Mubaraka Munyagwa, DP's Ssebuliba Mutumba Muduawulira, NUP's Bashir Kazibwe,  Roy Ssemboga (Independent), Ecological Party's Nathan Gahungu, Cyrus Anguzu and Tenywa Edris, a brother to former Uganda Cranes defender Suleiman Tenywa.

The other polling stations where candidates had no agents include Naguru Community Centre polling Stations K-NAM, A-J, NAM -Z, Nakawa Division KCCA offices Polling Station A-L and M-Z in Nakawa Division, among others.

Independent presidential candidate Fred Mwesigye said that he failed to deploy agents in all polling stations across the country due to financial constraints.

Mwesigye, who voted at Banga-Nakiwogo PlayGround in Entebbe Municipality playground, said that several people had approached him to be his agents, but he did not have money to pay them. He added that due to financial constraints, he has not deployed any polling agents at Banga-Nakiwogo playground and the rest of the country.

In most of the polling stations in Entebbe municipality, only presidential candidates Museveni, Kyagulanyi, Mao, Amuriat and Muntu had polling agents.