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Low Voter Turnout in Nebbi LCV by-Elections

At Classic Nursery school polling station in Nebbi Municipality, only two voters had so far voted by 11:00 am, while at Nduru Polling Station in Nebbi Municipality, which registered very long queues during the Parliamentary elections, one voter was seen casting her vote at around eleven followed by another after ten minutes.
Polling Officials explaining to an Elderly Woman how to vote at Nduru Polling Station in Nebbi Municipality on Thursday.

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Voting is underway in Nebbi district for the LC 5 by-elections. At some of the polling stations visited by URN reporter, so far there was low turn up of voters.

At Classic Nursery school polling station in Nebbi Municipality, only two voters had so far voted by 11:00 am, while at Nduru Polling Station in Nebbi Municipality, which registered very long queues during the past elections, one voter was seen casting her vote at around 11:30am followed by another voter after ten minutes.

According to some of the voters URN spoke to, the process is peaceful though many people are not excited about the voting compared to the past elections.

“You can see the turn up is very low because people are not excited by this election,” one voter identified only as Tom said.

Peter Rwothomio the Presiding officer at Nduru polling station said they expect more voters to turn up in the afternoon. He explains that the polling station registered a fair turn up of voters in the early morning hours, but noted that the turn up of the youth has been poor.

//Cue in We have so far ….

Cue out: it’s fair//

Meanwhile, security patrols can be seen in areas believed to be trouble spots.

The seat fell vacant in September following the death of Ezrom Alenyo in accident in Pakwach.

It has attracted three candidates Vicky Onyai from Nyaravur of FDC party, Emmanuel Urombi NRM and George Uthuba an Independent candidate.

According to the electoral commission, there are 121,000 registered voters and 223 Polling stations in Nebbi District.