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Late Turn Up of Voters in Kaabong Woman MP By-election

Paul Bukenya, the Senior Communications Officer with the Electoral Commission says voting was delayed because of late arrival of the first five voters to witness opening of the ballot boxes He also revealed that there was some interference by weather due to early morning drizzles.
Opening of the ballot box at Kaabong Police Primary School Polling Station.

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Polls opened in Kaabong district for the Woman MP as early as 7:00 am but voting delayed in most polling stations due to late arrival of voters.

The election follows the resignation of Rose Lilly Akello who opted represent the people of the newly created Karenga district which was carved out of Kaabong.

Kaabong by-election has attracted two candidates that include Christine Nakwang Tubo of the ruling National Resistance Movement, NRM Party and the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change, FDC Party, Judith Adyaka Nalibe.

At Biafra, Kaabong Central and Police Primary School Polling Stations, polling officials had to wait up to 7:30 am for five voters to be able to open the ballot boxes.

Paul Bukenya, the Senior Communications Officer with the Electoral Commission says voting was delayed because of late arrival of the first five voters to witness the ballot opening. He also revealed that there was some interference by weather due to early morning drizzles. 

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According to Linos Okori Lima, the Karamoja Regional Elections Officer, distribution of polling materials started at 4:00 am two distant sub-counties of Kamion and Morungole while other polling stations especially Town Council received materials around 7:00 am.

Kaabong District has 130 Polling Stations with 40, 128 voters. Security is tight and each sub-county is manned by district registrars drawn from different districts within and outside Karamoja.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary-General is overseeing the elections on behalf of the party while Sirian Bagamba, the Principle Elections Officer for NRM is representing the ruling party.