"Ghost" NRM Polling Stations Haunt Ssembabule

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Lt. Ronnie Barya, the Director of Internal Security Organization, has rushed to Sembabule following reports about the existence of more than 100 ghost polling stations. A security operative speaking on condition of anonymity, because he has no authority to give details about the investigation, says more than 100 ghost polling stations were found in Mijwaala and Mateete Sub County. The source adds that Mijwala Sub County with 31 genuine villages was found to have 58 polling stations. Mateete Sub County with 98 villages, 21 none-existent ghost villages. Seruwano Kabogorwa, the Sembabule RDC has confirmed the investigations into ghost villages. The RDC says Barya together with a number of security operatives have gone to Lwemiyagga, to investigate the anomalies in NRM registration. On Friday Morning, Lt Barya met the Sembabule NRM candidates at Rain Bow Hotel in Sembabule town council to establish how these polls came to haunt a district already struggling with deep rooted political divisions. It however remains unclear whether the investigations and ghost villages will not affect the Saturday polls. But Salim Kulembera, the newly appointed Sembabule district NRM returning officer, says he has neither been given a green light to go ahead with Saturday polls preparations nor a red light to stop the polls. Last week, Emmanuel Ssekimpi, the Sembabule district NRM returning officer, Steven Tandeka, the Lwemiyaga Sub county NRM returning officer and a number of electoral commission officials were transferred from Sembabule over poll related fraud.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

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