Electoral Commision Postpones Voting in 36 Polling Stations

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The failure by some parts of the country to hold the presidential and parliamentary election, will not delay the announcement of the final results expected on Saturday.

Deputy chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) Joseph Biribwonwa has noted that the extension of voting in some areas of Kampala and Wakiso will not affect the set deadline for announcing the final poll results.

On Thursday evening, the Electoral Commission Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu extended voting for some parts of the country from Thursday to Friday.

The extension was announced after numerous reports of delays in polling across the capital Kampala and parts of Wakiso.

Polling was suspended in 14 polling stations in Kampala and 22 polling stations in Wakiso . Polling in these stations is expected to take place on Friday, 19th, February 2016 starting at 7:00am and closing 4:00pm.

Despite the extension, the Deputy Chairman Biribwona told URN that Ugandans will be receiving final results of the election on Saturday 4pm as planned.
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Biribwonwa who was speaking to URN in an interview at the national tally centre at Namboole Stadium said that the Electoral Commission takes all the blame for the hiccups experienced in Thursday's election.

He explained that the delayed delivery of electoral materials was due to logistical reasons, where they underestimated time for the packing of materials.
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The areas that experienced significant delays in Thursday's polls include Nakigalala A and Nakigalala B polling stations in Busiro South constituency, Wakiso district where voting started at 3pm, an hour before the stipulated closing time.

In Makerere III, Kawempe Division, the exercise that should have started at 7am started after midday, a delay of over five hours which was also seen in several other polling centers across the two districts.

Other areas affected by late voting include Namuwongo, Kisugu and Ggaba areas.


About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.