A number of polling stations in
Rubaga South have abandoned using the Biometric Voter Verification Systems – BVVS because of network connection challenges.
The presiding officials at polling centres like Nateete Muslim High School, Ssejjombwe, Kigaga, Central
Nateete, Mackay Memorial and St Lawrence University Car Park, all resorted to
using registers instead of the BVVS.
Hafswa Nakigudde, the Presiding
Officer at Nateete Muslim High School said that she was still waiting for the Biometric
Voter Verification Systems to connect in order to start the voting exercise. By
8:00 a.m, voting had not started in the area.
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Moreen Nakanoni, the Presiding
Officer at Nateete Central polling station said she had decided to conduct the
exercise using the voter register and completely abandoned the BVVS because it
was going to delay the process yet she has 1,088 voters to attend to.
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Ramula Lisa Nakiyombya, the Presiding Officer at Ssenjobe zone, also said she had given up on the BVVS machine
because her polling station has 1102 and waiting for the electronic system could
Ketty Babirye, Central D Natete
also abandoned the BVVS. She said the network was off and on.
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At Kababwo zone, voters blamed
the polling officials for delaying to arrive. One of the candidates, Ken Lukyamuzi,
voted at 7:50 am.
At Kitebi polling officials did not have BVVS machines by 7 am.
Also, the agents didn’t have ink for people who could not write to use. BVVS machines
were working at Samona polling centre in Natete Central Parish. Saddam Lubowa,
the presiding officer started the voting exercise at exactly 7 am.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.