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Dokolo Polls Close Amid Heightened Security :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Dokolo Polls Close Amid Heightened Security

The Police deployed in Dokolo district to man security have been struggling to counter allegations of voter bribery, vote stuffing and violence that emerged in the afternoon hours on Thursday. Major complaints came from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
security personnel at Amwoma Police Post.

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Counting of Votes is underway in Dokolo district amidst tight security. 

The Police have been struggling to counter allegations of voter bribery, vote stuffing and violence that emerged in the afternoon. Major complaints were from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).

The FDC camp pointed fingers at the security team in Dokolo for allegedly arresting three of their supporters including two personal assistants to the party president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat. The group was reportedly apprehended over alleged theft of one million shillings at Bata Town Council on Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, the party raised concerns of missing numbers in the Declaration of Results (DR) forms in Dokolo Primary School Polling Station and Angwecibange Polling Stations A, B and C.

But Moses Attan Okia, one of the supervisors in the FDC camp says that the election has relatively been peaceful and calm with minor incidences.

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Although the UPC party raised concerns of voter bribery and vote stuffing in some polling stations, their candidate, Sarah Aguti said that the exercise has been calm.

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During polls, the UPC party President, Jimmy James Akena said that the money had exchanged hands with each village allegedly receiving 200,000 shillings from the ruling NRM party through the RDCs. However when the Police asked Akena to record the statement on the matter, he declined. 

Sebastian Oswin Oguti, the RDC of Lamwo who had been deployed in Amwoma Sub County says that complaints from the opposition parties are meant to seek unsolicited attention.

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At the time of filing this report, ballot papers from  the polling stations were being taken to the tally centre at the District Council Hall.

The by-election attracted are six candidates. 

They are Dr. Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer who is also the daughter of the deceased MP, Sarah Aguti of the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party, Janet Rose Adongo Elau of NRM, Harriet Ageno of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Dr. Esther Akullo Obot Otada and Rebecca Arao- both independents.