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EC Officials Take to the Airwaves to Convince Electorate to Vote

Electoral Commission officials led by Barbara Mulimbira, the Kyenjojo district registrar and Margaret Kugonza, the registrar Kyegegwa, went to Kyenjojo FM and Kyenjojo Development radio in Kyenjojo town at around 1pm to encourage voters to participate in the elections following a low voter turnout.
A deserted polling station in Kyegegwa town council

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Electoral Commission officials in Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa took to the airwaves this afternoon to mobilize voters to turn up to cast their vote in the district local council polls. 

Electoral Commission officials led by Barbara Mulimbira, the Kyenjojo district registrar and Margaret Kugonza, the registrar Kyegegwa, went to Kyenjojo FM and Kyenjojo Development radio in Kyenjojo town at around 1pm to encourage voters to participate in the elections following a low voter turnout. 

They desperately appealed to the voters to turn up in big numbers at their respective polling stations before voting closes at 4:00p.m. At several polling stations visited by Uganda Radio Network in Kyegegwa town council, there were no voters. At others, less than 10 people queued up to cast their vote. 

There appeared to be a lax attitude towards the elections, a sharp contrast from the excitement that characterised the presidential and parliamentary elections on Thursday last week. At Kyegegwa district headquarters polling station, the presiding officer, polling assistants and agents of the candidates were seen chatting away in the hope that voters would turn up. 

Deborah Karamagi, the presiding officer says her polling station opened at 6:45 a.m. but by 1:00p.m only 67 voters out of the 507 registered voters had cast their vote.

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At Kyegegwa town council A-Z polling station, only 100 out of the 850 voters had cast their votes by 1:00p.m. David Isingoma, the presiding officer there, says that by 8:00a.m only five people had cast their votes. 

Isingoma adds that by 12:00p.m last Thursday, more than 400 people had already cast their votes. Another stark contrast between last Thursday's election and today is the amount of business taking place in Kyenjojo town.

Many shops, schools and offices are open and it is business as usual, despite the government declaring today a public holiday.

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