There was confusion in polling stations in Pakanyi Sub County,
Masindi District after there was a mix up in the symbols of candidates for woman
councillor seat for Kyakamese West Parish.
The elections were first cancelled last week after the commission delivered
ballot papers for only one polling station out of the six in the parish.
Two candidates are vying for the position including Mary Birungi of
the National Resistance Movement-NRM and Irene Karuhanga an independent
However, on Monday, Karuhanga agents were surprised to find the
symbol of a clock on the ballot papers attached to her photo instead of a ball,
which is contrary to what she, had chosen prompting her to notify the electoral
John Paul Osinde, the Masindi District Returning Officer said that
they were forced to cancel the elections following the confusion. He says the
electoral commission will come up with a special date when the election will be
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Karuhanga argued that a lot has been invested in today’s election.
Birungi expressed disappointment at the cancellation saying it
will be costly for her. She also said that voters may not turn up for the
election when the Electoral commission fixes another date.
She says that the EC had all the time to verify each candidate’s
symbols before printing the ballot papers.