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Security Lapse Delays Mbale Local Council Elections

Mbale District Assistant Returning Officer Robert Mugabe said polls could not start without security deployment, in order to avoid a repeat of the chaos that marred the elections on Tuesday.
Voters turn up late at St. Andrews Garage

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The repeated local council elections in parts of Mbale municipality have been delayed by the absence of security personnel. The process was repeated in 35 villages, where polls stalled on Tuesday as a result of violence reportedly instigated by voters, whose names were missing from the village registers.

Mbale District Assistant Returning Officer Robert Mugabe said polls could not start without security deployment, in order to avoid a repeat of the chaos that marred the elections on Tuesday.

Our reporter in Mbale says that in Bugema A, one of the contentious villages and Nauyo, both the presiding officers and security personnel arrived after 10 a.m. and the verification exercise started at 10:45 a.m. ahead of elections later today.

Fred Masambwe, a voter at Bugema polling station said they had been at the polling station by 7 a.m. but there was no single official to take charge of the process.

 

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In St. Andrews Garage, Industrial division, the verification started about two hours late. It's reported that although the Presiding Officer was at the venue on time, there were no voters at the polling station.

Col Titus Kutosi, the Subdean of St. Andrews Cathedral said that even the Church, whose grounds was gazetted as a polling station, was not aware of the repeat of the exercise.

 

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