Delays Mar Polls Start In Karamoja

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In short
Most polling stations in Karamoja opened two hours late in the much awaited presidential and parliamentary polls as police deployed heavily in the area.

Most polling stations in Karamoja opened two hours late in the much awaited presidential and parliamentary polls as police deployed heavily in the area.
 
With low voter turnout characterized with lengthy delays witnessed at several polling centres, voters had to walk away from the stations only to return after minutes.
 
A Uganda Radio Network reporter visited Police and Kakoliye village polling centres in Moroto Municipality after 7am without trace of furniture and election materials. In Bazaar village and Lia polling stations on the outskirts of Moroto Municipality, the stations had no tables forcing the polling team to seek alternatives.
 
Voters who spoke to this reporter complained about the interruptions in the voting process by the commission saying this should have not been an issue since they have had several plans ahead of the day.
 
Here is how James Baraza, a voter at Bazaar Polling station, summarizes the start of the polls.
 
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Linos Okori, the Electoral Commission officer for Karamoja region when contacted declined to comment on the matter. 

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.