At Holy Rosary Primary School - Polling Station A, several voters were stranded up to 10 am when voting hadn’t started. It’s where DP Presidential Candidate Norbert Mao voted from. Mao was the first to cast his vote at 10:15 am.
been late arrival of voter materials in most polling stations in Gulu City
Divisions. At Laroo P.7 School polling station in Gulu East Division up to 8:30
am voting had not begun because voting materials were not yet delivered. Some
disgruntled voters were seen leaving.
Rosary Primary School - Polling Station A, several voters were stranded up to
10 am when voting hadn’t started. It’s where DP Presidential Candidate Norbert
Mao voted from. Mao was the first to cast his vote at 10:15 am.
the delays and noted that the 2021 general elections are a big test to the ruling
NRM government in dispensing and upholding democracy in the country.
Inn at A Polling Station situated in Gulu City East Division, voting commenced
slightly after 8:00 am. Hundreds of voters turned up including Betty Aol Ocan,
the Leader of Opposition and Gulu City MP candidate under FDC ticket. She
castigated the government for switching off the internet to cover up their evil
also visited Railway Polling Station in Gulu City East Division where several
voters turned but facing unprecedented delays in queues because of delays by EC
polling officials who were teased by the biometric machines.
Komakech, the incumbent MP for Gulu Municipality called for the resignation of
the Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama. He called for
vote of no confidence against him for late delivery of polling materials yet
the electoral body had four years in advance to organize for elections. He also
proposed the enactment of digital rights law in the country to restrain
government against tampering with the internet.
Obette, the Retuning says they will extend the voting time from 4:00 pm to
05:00 pm in areas were election materials arrived late.
the Election materials were dispatched for delivery from 3:00 am according to
Denis Ebong, the District Registrar. This was to help the EC deliver materials
in far off polling stations in time.
the Tochi County MP (DP) disclosed that they aren’t sure of the transparency
process in the delivery process since there were no representatives of the
candidates. Some volunteers accompanied the election materials to Abuga,
Palenga Town Council and Bobi Sub-County headquarters among others.
There was heavy
deployment of the police backed by the military at several polling stations. In Amuru
District, voting commenced past the designated time in most polling stations.
At Keyo P.7 School A & B polling stations, voting started at by 8:30 am due
to late delivery of polling materials.
The Low voter turn-up was noticed across different polling stations for instance at Olwal
Trading Centre in Lamogi Sub-County, St. Veronica Primary School there were
very few voters. By 9:00 am less than 10 voters had turned up to allow voting
to commence. The few
voters who had turned up were also undergoing orientation by the EC officials
at the different polling stations.
District, voting materials arrived in time at Anaka Town Council but elsewhere
like in Lapem Polling Station, Kochgoma P.7 Polling Station by 8:30 voting had
not commenced because the materials had not yet been delivered.
irregularities were noted in Villa Nova Polling Station with new voters. It is
located at Kochgoma Town Council. 60 new voters who are unknown to the
residents were discovered to be voters in the area. There are also voters who
could not trace for their voting stations and were left stranded.
District, at 10 polling stations that include Minakulu Market; Adel P.7, Abang
P.7, Abworocero Polling Station, Aleny P.7, St. Peters Catholic Church and St.
Paul Catholic Church in Western Ward, Kamdini Town Council voting commenced
after 8:00 am.
Only NUP, NRM
candidates had their agents present.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.
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Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.