Voting in at least three polling stations has this morning
been halted after residents protested exercise over ballot stuffing.
The exercise is halted at polling stations of
Kyato-Mwoloola and Nakyesanja at Kayonza sub county and also Seeta-Nyiize in
Kangulumira sub county.
At Nakyesanja and Kyato, each presiding officer of
these polling stations appeared at the polling station alone with boxes stuffed with over 100 ballot papers ticked in favour of Andrew
Muwonge, the National Resistance Movement candidate.
At Kangulumira specifically Nakyesanja polling
station, the box was stuffed with over 462 ballot papers before even the
bio-metric machine was brought to the station.
On all the polling stations, residents have protested
progress of the exercise. Although police and the army have cordoned off the
stations to prevent chaos, the exercise is still on a standstill. Presiding officers
are under police protection at their respective centers.
John Mpiima a voter at Seeta says the exercise should
stop since they cannot trust the officials anymore.
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Margret Nakitende, who has headed the monitoring campaign at Kangulumira notes that EC has
declined to pick their telephone calls despite of their constant effort to
ensure that they find amicable solution.
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Dr Tanga Odoi, who is monitoring Kangurumira on
behalf of NRM says is not aware how votes were ticked, he appeals to the
electoral commission dispatch a team to sort out the matter so that the voting
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Justice Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission
Chairperson who is also in Kayunga heading the supervision of the exercise says
they have dispatched to reach areas where the incidents have happened so as to
find a solution.
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URN has heard from local sources claiming that the plot to stuff ballots was executed last night. He says several boxes of
pre-ticked votes were dispatched the most rural sub counties in the district in
the wee hours.
However, the Resident District Commissioner Ssempala
Kigozi, contends that security ensured that there was no movement of people during
night. According to him, the few people that moved during night were arrested
including members of parliament; Aloysius Mukasa, Charlese Tebandeke and Lukyamuzi