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LCV Chairperson Candidates in Jinja Decry Violence in NRM Polls

The contestants say that their agents were blocked from accessing polling stations which undermines the credibility of the whole electoral process.
Voters gather at Kamila polling station in Butagaya sub county, Jinja district on Friday.

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The National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidates in Jinja district have decried levels of violence exhibited in Friday’s polls. 

The race attracted four contestants who include: the incumbent LCV Chairperson Titus Kisambira, Moses Batwala, Simon Mugote and the party’s Jinja district administrative secretary, Kato Kaziba. 

The tight race is, however, between Kisambira and Batwala. 

However, the contestants say that their agents were blocked from accessing polling stations which undermines the credibility of the whole electoral process. 

Kisambira says that his agents were battered under the watch of security personnel which he claims undermines the sense of democracy. 

Kisambira further says that NRM officials should resolve to abandon the lining up method of voting which has proven to create tensions amongst voters. 

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Batwala another contestant says that most polling stations lacked enough security manpower which prompted rowdy youth to disorganize the voting process uninterrupted. He adds that the party should devise means of providing at least one police constable per polling station which will reduce the levels of electoral related violence.

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On his part, Kaziba stresses that, during such polls, security organs should ensure frequent patrols to deter possible cases of attacking candidates and contestants. 

Henry Mugarura, the Kiira North Division Police Commander says that his station suffers a challenge of manpower constraints however, standby motorized patrols were instituted to counter any forms of insecurity.        

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