Masindi Municipality Ballot Papers Burnt as Polls are Called Off

The Election of NRM flag bearers in Masindi municipality have been called off, an hour after voting started.

Kabakumba Masiko, the Information and national guidance minister, who is also the NRM party chairperson for Masindi district, called off the elections, on grounds that the electoral process was fraught with several irregularities.

Shortly after the announcement, voters that had turned up at polling centers stood up in protest. Some said that the suspension of the elections has been geared by ill motives.

Voters At Nyangahya polling station fought for the ballot boxes and demanded that all the ballots that had already been cast be burnt to ashes.

They rejected an earlier proposal that sought to have all the ballots taken to the NRM offices.

The NRM office along Persie Street in Masindi was cordoned off shortly after the candidates and their supporters stormed the office demanding an explanation as to why the election has been called off.

Wilfred Byakagaba, the Acting district chairman, who is tussling to retain his seat was for several hours engaged in a heated debate with Kabakumba.

Byakagaba argued that there is ploys to rig him out, because he has more support in the municipality, compared to Isingoma Wilson, his main rival.

Earlier, voting for the mayor of Masindi municipality was halted after it was found out that ballot papers for the respective candidates were missing.