Edgar Akankwasa, the Kisoro District Police Commander, says they deployed heavily to avoid clashes between supporters of rival candidates. According to Akankwasa, they will not tolerate any unlawful incidents during the polls.
There is heavy police deployment in Bufumbira East County in Kisoro district ahead of the parliamentary elections. Voters in Bufumbira East County go to the polls this morning to elect a member of parliament after the elections were called off on February 18th due to a mix-up in the candidate's symbols on the ballot.
The elections were called off after Dr. James Nsaba Buturo, the NRM party candidate petitioned Electoral Commission when he was assigned a bicycle on the ballot instead of a bus, the official symbol of NRM. As a result, Electoral Commission scheduled fresh elections, which get underway this morning.
Police has deployed heavily to ensure peaceful polls. Edgar Akankwasa, the Kisoro District Police Commander, says they deployed heavily to avoid clashes between supporters of rival candidates. According to Akankwasa, they will not tolerate any unlawful incidents during the polls. There is stiff competition between Eddie Kwizera Waghahungu, an independent candidate and incumbent MP and Buturo.
The other candidate is Mathias Habakwiha, the flag bearer for the Forum for Democratic Changeâ€“FDC party. Kwizera says the heavy police deployment in the constituency is meant to intimidate voters from exercising their right to elect a candidate of their choice. The incumbent says he is worried that the exercise will not be free and fair.
There are 42,408 registered voters and 83 polling stations in Bufumbira East constituency, which is comprised of Nyakabande, Murora, Kanaba, Nyundo and Bukimbiri sub counties. Similarly fresh elections will be taking place in Dokolo South, Kibale County, Kitagwenda County, Busiki County and Mawogola South. Voters in Buyende, Kween, Kyegegwa and Yumbe districts will also be voting for the woman.