Voting is underway in the Kasese woman parliamentary by-election as both police and the army continue to patrol major streets in Kasese Municipality.
By 7:30am some voters had finished casting their votes.
In some of the polling stations in Kasese Municipality, there were more than twenty people who had lined up ready to cast their ballots. The stations are Bishop Maserka, Nyakasanga and Rwenzori Square polling stations.
At Muhokya Primary School in Busongora East Constituency, however, only ten people had cast their vote by 9:30am. Three weeks ago, the Basongora threatened to boycott the elections after their preferred candidate, Betty Kayezu, withdrew from the race in favour of Rehema Muhindo of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The other candidates in the race are Winfred Kiiza of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Rosemary Masika of the Democratic Party (DP).
Kiiza cast her vote at 8:45am at St. Theresa Girls’ Secondary School polling station in Kisinga Sub County, Bukonzo East Constituency.
Kizza says that she is confident of victory but she is worried some people may not vote, because they are scared by the heavy presence of the police and the army.
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At the time of filing this report, both Muhindo and Masika had not yet voted.
The presence of the police and army is still visible on the streets of Kasese town and at other polling stations.
Meanwhile more than thirty opposition MPs are camped in Kasese to protect the votes of the FDC candidate. They have been deployed in the six constituencies of the district.
The legislators include Judith Akello Framnca, Woman MP Agago district, Nabila Ssempala for Kampala district, Beatrice Anywar for Kitgum and Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, the Kyadondo East MP. Others are Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze and her Masaka counterpart Matthias Mpuuga. Also in Kasese is Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
There are 303, 127 registered voters in the district.