Chaos, Delays and Missing Voter Names, Mar Elections in Hoima

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Late delivery of election materials has delayed the start of elections in Hoima district. A visit at polling stations in Hoima town and the neighboring villages found that voting hadnot started by 8'oclock. At other polling stations voting started at 9'oclock, two hours late. John Rwahwire, a voter at Kibingo polling station in Busiisi Division, says he was in the voting line by 7'oclock ,but voting did not start until 9'oclock. He blamed this on the late arrival of voting materials. At Bunyoro sports club in Hoima town, voting started at 8'oclock despite the fact that the polling center is strategically located in the heart of the town. Mary Ruberantware was the first to cast her ballot at the polling station. She complains that despite her early arrival at the station, the late delivery of polling materials had to delay her at the polling station. Meanwhile, other voters had to give up voting after they found their names missing on registers at their known polling stations. Gerald Tumusiime, a businessman had gone to cast his ballot at Public school polling station only to find his name missing in the register. Tumusiime says he cannot go anywhere to vote, since this is his usual polling station. Abisagi Gabinga, 70 a voter at Busiisi polling station has given up her eagerness to vote after she found her name missing in the register. Erasmus Kimbowa, the Hoima district returning Officer, blames the voters for the anomally . He says the vorters shunned many voters shunned the voter register display exercise which was vital in rectifying such anomalies. Cue in... "the materials...." Cue out... "if you are not there..." He also explained that delievery of electoral materials delayed due to lack of transport for the commission to readily deliver the materials at polling stations. Meanwhile chaos reigned at Hoima market square as supporters of public service Minister Henry Muganwa Kajura and Dr. Patrick Isingoma clashed over voter bribery claims. Kajura supporters accused Isingoma supporters of dishing out money to voters. Police intervened shortly and arrested one of Dr. Isingoma's supporters. His identities were not readily disclosed. Kajura is the NRM official candidate for Hoima municipality parliamentary seat while Isingoma is an independent candidate. Voters have turned out in big numbers, In Masindi the exercise has started well. Jalia Bintu Lukumu, the incumbent Masindi woman member of parliament was the first to cast her ballot at Masindi secondary school polling station.