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Voter Absence Delays NRM Polls in Bundibugyo

In Bundibugyo, a number polling stations visited by URN reporter earlier on Friday had by 11:30am not started work as only polling officials had turned up, with a curious voters looking on from a distance.
Low voter turn up delayed NRM polls in Bundibugyo

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Absence of voters from polling stations in Bundibugyo has delayed the start of the NRM voting exercise in different voting areas in the district.

The party is today electing its flag bearers for district LCV and City, Municipal/city mayor’s and councilors that will take part in the 2021 General Election. 

In Bundibugyo, a number polling stations visited by URN reporter earlier on Friday had by 11:30am not started work as only polling officials had turned up, with a curious voters looking on from a distance. 

Charles Bwasele a presiding officer at Buhunduhumya village, in Humya sub county was by 12:00pm still waiting for the voters to begin the election process which starts with voter education.

He told URN that there is a big delay compared to last Friday's elections for parliamentary flag bearers, which is likely to hamper the effectiveness of the exercise.

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Ronald Kamara, registrar for Bundole Cell in Bundibugyo town council who is also a presiding officer for Bundole branch says they have prepared the venue but the voters have not yet reached the stations.The station with about 448 NRM registered voters had by 11:40am only received  a handful of about 20 voters. Kamara says they will only begin the exercise when at least half of the registered  of voters appear.

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Floyd Rockus, a polling official at Bumadu church polling station in Bumadu, Bwamba county told URN that though his team arranged the venue early enough, there were hardly any voters to justify starting to voter. 

He was however hopeful that the number would increase soon.

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Peter Badaki a voter says they have been told that the voting exercise will began at mid-day. 

However he is worried that the delay may discourage some voters from participating.

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At Bubukwanga secondary school station, by mid day the voting exercise was yet to start.

Nobert Murong says some people  are only keen to cast their ballot for members of parliament.

However, the district party registrar Robert Kifunga Agum says the actual voting exercise was to begin at midday for uniformity.  But the voters were expected at the station by 10:00am to be taken through voter education.

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