Security Reinforcements Ahead Of Election Results


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Deputy police Spokesperson Polly Namaye says the need for re-enforcement is as a result of the chaos experience on polling day in some parts of Kampala and Wakiso among other districts.

Police and other security agencies have this morning stepped up deployments in various electoral violence-prone areas in anticipation of chaos arising from announcement of the election results.
The electoral violence-prone areas as identified by the Political and Electoral crimes division of police include; Kampala, Wakiso, Kayunga, Ssembabule, Ntungamo, and Kamuli. Others mentioned are Jinja, Kumi, Rukiga County in Kabale, Mukono, Kumi County in Kumi, Vurra in Arua, Buwama in Mpigi and Fort portal Municipality in Kabarole district among others.
The Political and Electoral crimes division of police is headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Suzanne Kasingye.
The police will be re-enforced by Military police and various Intelligence agencies as per the Election Security plan that was put together by the Joint Operation Command.
Yesterday, all other security agencies remained in reserve as police and the Special operations Unit handled the elections security.
While the security situation was generally calm, individual incidents of demonstrations were experienced at polling stations where electoral materials arrived late.
According to the deputy police Spokesperson Polly Namaye, the need for re-enforcement is as a result of the chaos experience on polling day in some parts of Kampala and Wakiso districts as well as other areas like Kiruhura and Ntungamo among others.
"While the announcement of results at various districts is key, we have had to intensify security in most places due to the chaos that we experienced yesterday," Namaye told URN.
She added that some of these areas will be voting again today especially in Nansana, Kyebando, Ggaba.
The security plan per Sub County is to deploy three sections of foot patrol police officers from the Field Force Police (FFP), three motorcyclists with three armed policemen in each parish as well as a section of Military police foot patrollers while another section is kept in reserve.
Each district has a total of 55 FFP police officers in reserve in case of any serious incidents requiring their expertise.
Each police station has deployed 20 detectives from the Criminal Investigations Directorate and 13 Crime Intelligence officers to handle Electoral related crimes while the remaining deal with everyday crime.