The Democratic Party elections organising committee is set to start counting of the ballots cast for the various aspiring candidates after polls for the vacant positions closed late this afternoon.
The voting that started at 2:00am this morning was closed at 02:00 pm by John Baptist Kawanga, the chairperson of organising committee that is responsible for organising the DP elections according to the party constitution.
Some of the hotly contested positions in the just concluded elections were for the positions of the Party President General where the incumbent President Norbert Mao is seeking re-election against Dr. Michael Lulume Bayiga Buikwe South MP, the Secretary General where the incumbent Mathias Nsubuga is fighting to retain the post against two others Dr. David Dronyi and Vincent Mayanja all senior members of the party.
Others are the treasurer General where Issa Kigungwe is fight to retain the post from his opponent Herbert Mayambala. Though the voting has come to an end the election process was marred by several glitches that forced aspiring candidates to interfer when they found their names missing.
Several times the police was forced to intervene to restore order.
John Baptist Kawanga apologized to the DP delegates for the glitches. ,
Many delegates remained unimpressed. A Nakawa division delegate Ali Kailo said it seemed like the party was not prepared to host the delegates who turned up.
//Cue in: â€œwe got some difficultiesâ€¦â€
Cue out: â€¦all the members.â€//
Betty Babu, a delegate from Ntoroko district, complained that they were served poor meals at first and given inadequate accommodation. However, she said when they complained, better service was provided.
But Yusuf Mutebile, a delegate from Buteleja district, was happy with the transparency in the election process. He said the organisers made an effort to make the vote process easy to understand.
//Cue in: â€œyes the delegates conferenceâ€¦â€
Cue out: â€¦going to move ahead.â€//
During the three day delegates conference that is hosted at Katomi Kingdom Resort in Wakiso district delegates cast their votes for more than 100 party members who contested for a total of 44 positions.