Kampala NRM Election Experiences Delays

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Most of the Kampala National Resistance Movement polling centres had not received voting materials by 10 am, delaying the start of voting.

Voting in the National Resistance Movement primaries in several polling stations within Kampala has been delayed.
 
A spot check on several polling areas within Kampala by URN indicates that voting had not kicked off by 10 am, two hours after the scheduled kick-off.
 
There was activity at Kamwokya Market Place polling area, where agents of different candidates were stationed but no polling official had arrived to kick start the exercise by 10 am.
 
According to Erias Kabuye, one of the agents at the polling station, there had been no communication from the party electoral commission on when the ballot materials would arrive.
 
English
//Cue In: We are supposed to…
Cue Out:…what is going to happen//
Luganda
//Cue In: Tubadde…
Cue Out:…bintu bikozesebwa//
 
At Kiira Road Village B, the presiding officer, Rockson Andama told URN that the ballot materials had been delivered a few minutes to 10 am.
 
At Mowlem polling station in Bukoto, Nakawa division, the polling officials said they were still waiting for party officials to deliver the polling materials so that voting could start.

At Bat Valley polling station and Nakivubo Blue Primary School, there was heavy deployment of anti-riot police, with a few voters and agents waiting for the polling officials to open voting.
 
In Nakasero, the presiding officer at Standard Village John Ssenabulya told URN that the voting materials were yet to be delivered.
 
At Railway polling center in the central business district, voting had not kicked off by 11 am. The presiding officer at Radio Uganda Polling Station, Livingstone Kaggwa, told URN that although they received the ballot papers at 9 am, voting was delayed due to lack of security.
 
English
Cue In: We were supposed to start…
Cue Out:…as early as now//
 
The NRM is holding its primaries to elect flag bearers for the parliamentary, mayoral and LC 5 positions across the country.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.