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Kibaale NRM Primaries Marred by Irregularities, Protests

Some of the polling stations visited by URN had members voting without a register, while in others, the ballot papers were less than the registered members.
The NRM party village primaries kicked off in Kibaale district this morning amidst confusion. Several irregularities have marred elections, which started an hour late, at 9am.

Some of the polling stations had members voting without a register, while in others, the ballot papers were less than the registered members.

In Nakikoma village of Bwanswa sub-county, party members refused to participate in the elections after receiving few electoral materials, especially ballot papers. The village received only 144 ballot papers, less than half of the registered party members in the village.

Gorge Mugume, one of the voters at the polling station demanded for explanations from the NRM party structures for carrying out elections without following the party register.

URN visited at least four polling stations and found that voting was going on without following a voters\' register.

The presiding officer at Nakikoma village, George Karongo, admits that he received fewer ballot papers for the LC 1 aspirants, and that he was instructed by his bosses to use the materials he received. He also revealed that he had been instructed to allow party members whose names were not in the register to vote. By 10:30am, voting had not started at Nakikoma polling station, and the officer was calling for more materials.

In Kakumiro Town Council, Godan Katende, an aspirant for the Kakumiro Central LC 1 position says people are being ferried from outside the town to vote since there is no voter verification.

Party members in Kyabanyumywa village,  Kasambya sub-county have refused to vote over the missing party mobilization funds. Emmanuel Nserimu, one of the aspirants says they will not vote until the sub-county produces the Shillings 250,000 they were supposed to get during the village conferences.