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Heavy Police Deployment in Kotido, Sheema, Apac Ahead of Polls

Elections of MPs in the newly created Municipalities shall take place on Friday.

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Police has deployed heavily in Kotido and Apac Municipalities ahead tomorrow's parliamentary elections.

Both armed police officers and the army were on Wednesday seen patrolling the streets in Kotido town.

Alfonse Ojangole, the District Police Commander, Kotido says the heavy deployment is as a result of acts of hooliganism that were experienced during the campaigns.

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The areas of Losilang in North Division, Narikapet ward in Central Division and Lokochil in South Division, have been declared hot spots. The areas were marred with chaos as supporters of different candidates fought each other during the campaigns.

But Moses Oriono Okot, the FDC party candidate, says that the deployment is meant to instill fear in his supporters.

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Peter Abrahams Lokii, the NRM party candidate said he is not aware of the deployment.

Another contestant in the race is Jean Mark Aporu, an independent candidate.

On Wednesday, the People's Progressive Party-PPP candidate, Emmanuel Keem Napuso quit the race.

In the mayoral race, the candidates are NRM's Ismael Muhamad Lomwa, FDC's Calistas Adome Lokwi, PPP's Daniel Abual Kapel and an Independent, Henry Kubal.

In Apac Municipality, hundreds of heavily armed police officers mainly anti-riot and the army were on Thursday morning seen patrolling along major streets of Apac town.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga regional police spokesperson confirmed the heavy deployment but described it as normal during elections.

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In Sheema Municipality, police has called for calm ahead of the elections. Martial Tumusiime the Greater Bushenyi regional police spokesperson says that the police have deployed foot and motorized patrols to ensure that the elections are peaceful.

Last week, rival supporters clashed as each of the groups traded accusations of voter bribery.

The clashes were between the supporters of Virginia Mugyenyi, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate and those of Dr Elioda Tumwesigye of the NRM party. 

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