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Three Polling Agents Arrested in Kira Division over Last Minute Campaign :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Three Polling Agents Arrested in Kira Division over Last Minute Campaign

"These NUP and FDC agents were campaigning at the polling station and calling voters promising to give them money if they come and vote. We had no option but to call security officers who came on time and arrested them," said David Byakatonda, the polling agent of Mamerito.
Two polling agents from the National Unity Platform-NUP and another from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party have been arrested on allegations of campaigning at polling stations.

The suspects are the polling agents of the NUP candidate and incumbent, Kira Division Mayor, Julius Mutebi and FDC candidate, Herbert Kintu.

The trio was picked up at Hezron Primary School polling station where the agents of the NRM candidate, Mamerito Mugerwa accused them of possessing registers with the contacts of voters in the area who they would call to come and vote for their candidates.

"These NUP and FDC agents were campaigning at the polling station and calling voters promising to give them money if they come and vote. We had no option but to call security officers who came on time and arrested them," said David Byakatonda, the polling agent of Mamerito. 

The suspects were taken to Kira Police station. At Kireka Rehabilitation Center, supporters of independent candidate Norman Ssemwanga also accused polling officials of giving more than one ballot paper to Mamerito’s supporters.

"We have noted this illegality and alerted polling constables but nothing has been done. We can't allow this. The polling officer in question should be changed immediately," noted one of Ssemwanga's agents.

He claimed that Mamerito's supporters would be identified by black masks and black veils before they are handed more than one ballot papers.

A scuffle ensued at the polling station and was calmed down by security officials patrolling the area who took charge to allow voting to continue.

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