Besigye Reveals Strategy Against Vote Rigging Top story

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Dr. Kizza Besigye says the country will have a new government in May next year. This, as he announced teams to protect vote rigging per polling station.

Forum For Democratic Change party presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye has announced a strategy of protecting his votes against rigging in 2016 general elections. This, as he told supporters in Lyantonde that Uganda will have a new government in May next year.

Besigye on Friday took his presidential campaigns to Lyantonde and Lwengo districts where he addressed several rallies. 

Besigye told Lyantonde voters that he has come up with a strategy of protecting his votes to curb voting rigging, which he allegedly experienced in the previous elections.

The FDC flag bearer says he has started registering ten people per polling station who would stay at every polling station to ensure his votes are not stolen.

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Several people shouted to Besigye in Lyantonde that the area experiences vote rigging during elections at all levels.

Besigye said that without protecting the vote, Ugandans will remain treated like refugees in their own country. He claimed that although they pay a lot of taxes, a bigger part of it is shared amongst those in power, which has denied Ugandans better services.

Besigye also promised to reduce the number of Members of Parliament from the current over 400 MPs to 150 members, saying it is costly to manage them.

Besigye also promised to pay medical doctors three million shillings salary per month.
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Sadat Mwesigwa, a resident of Lyantonde says the strategy of ten people per polling station will help protect the votes. 

He says in the last elections, they were intimidated because they were only two agents at the polling station.
But Paul Bukenya, the deputy Electoral Commission spokesperson says they will issue guidelines on the polling agents. He says currently, the number of polling agents is limited to two people. 


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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.