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Butaleja Polls Open Without Security

Rose Akol, the Minister for Internal Affairs who is also a parliamentary contestant for Bukedea woman parliamentary seat, confirmed receiving several complaints about lack of security personnel in many polling stations across the country. She blamed it on the police who she claims are relaxed.

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Voting in most polling stations in Bunyole East in Butaleja district started without security at the polling stations.

At 15 polling stations in Naweyo Sub County visited by a URN reporter at around 10:00am, people were voting at leisure without any security personnel deployed.

At Kibeke borehole polling station, URN witnessed polling official casting votes for some people, something that sparked serious chaos after one of the voters tried to protest what was going on.

A voter only identified as Koire grabbed the polling official by his neck and wanted to punch him but was immediately restrained by other voters who were around.

At Nahima primary school polling station, agents of some candidates who had lined up to vote were seen freely canvassing for votes for their candidates, contrary to the electoral laws.

Some of the polling stations visited by URN include Kaiti Presbyterian church polling station, Nabweya polling station, and Kuweiti polling station among others.

The polling officials found at these polling stations declined to comment on the matter. Most voters seem unbothered about the laxity in security.

Yusuf Mutembuli, one of the parliamentary contestants says this must be a move by some of his rivals to rig the elections.  He is surprised that none of these polling stations had police constables. He says he will petition the Electoral Commission should the results come against him.

Souali Kamulia, the Bukedi regional police spokesperson was surprised to hear about the development. He says they had deployed several police constables in each polling station and was wondering why these stations did not have security personnel. He promised to take action.

Rose Akol, the Minister for Internal Affairs who is also a parliamentary contestant for Bukedea woman parliamentary seat, confirmed receiving several complaints about lack of security personnel in many polling stations across the country. She blamed it on the police who she claims are relaxed.

She cited some areas like Bukedea and Bududa where ballot boxes were delivered to the polling stations without being escorted by security personnel.  Akol wonders if the election will be free and fair without security.

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Three people are contesting for Bunyole East Parliamentary seat. They are Yusuf Mutembuli of Go Forward, Moses Nabwomu for NRM and Peter M wangle, an independent candidate.

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