Kamuli LC V Polls Start Late

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Voting materials had not yet arrived at the polling stations by 8am when our reporter visited the area.

Voting kicked off late at various polling stations in the ongoing Kamuli LC V chairperson’s by-election as because of rain and late delivery of voting materials. Some of the affected polling stations include Balawoli, Bugaya and Bulopa Sub Counties. Voting materials had not yet arrived at the polling stations by 8am when our reporter visited the area. Samuel Kiyingi, the Kamuli district Electoral Commisison returning officer attributed the late delivery of voting materials to insufficient transport.

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Monica Namulondo, a polling assistant at Bufumba polling station in Nabwigulu Sub County told URN that she arrived at the polling station by 6:00am hoping to receive the voting material by 7:30am in vain.
But Isaac Buluuba, the presiding officer of the polling station said that despite the fact that voting materials had arrived late but said that he was sure all the registered voters will cast their vote. Bufumba polling station has 492 registered voters.

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Rehema Watongola, the spokesperson of Thomas Kategere, the NRM candidate told URN that they were notified by the Electoral Commission that distant polling stations would be covered fast. Meddy Mbentyo, spokesperson for Salamu Musumba, says that despite the late delivery of the voting materials they are all out to ensure that no rigging takes place like it was in 2007.

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Eight candidates are vying for the Kamuli LC V chairperson’s seat that was declared vacant after Ahmed Kaugu Kawooya, the former chairperson was thrown out for lack of the minimum academic qualification. They are Thomas Kategere (NRM), Proscovia Salamu Musumba, (FDC) Michael Kifuba Ngabo, Charles Isanga, Fred Bamutire,  Dhizaala Kaloli, , Fred Kamanyiro, and  Ibrahim Mbadhi all independent candidates.