Uneasy Calm Reigns as NRM Party Primaries Resume

There is an uneasy calm as the NRM polls resume this morning. After a five-day barrage of criticism of the failed election, frenzied speculation, insults, petitions and apologies - that characterized the botched NRM elections, it's suddenly gone quiet. Yet it appears that the Party's election commission has not put its act together, five days after the elections were rescheduled to Saturday in most parts of the country. At Nabweru Sub-County headquarters in Wakiso District, the polling assistants were visibly stranded with no voting materials to start their work. The turn up is also low compared to Monday. Some Voters streaming to the polling stations have been greeted with polling officers most of who are not yet armed with the voting materials. In Mutungo, Kampala central and Bugolobi, the voting materials were not yet ready at the stations despite the fact that there has been enough time to rectify the anomalies that tainted a scar on the NRM primaries. The polling stations in Rubaga division are open, but no activity is taking place as yet, save for the few policemen protecting the polling centers. Godfrey Nyakana, the LC 3 chairperson, wonders why the Party's electoral commission has failed to communicate about the delayed delivery of voting materials. Singh Katongole, the NRM deputy treasurer, is equally disappointed. The story is no different in Masaka. Voters that turned up at Masaka sec school, lions club polling station in Kizungu zone, Market cell located in the center of town were by 8:30am waiting for election materials. The enthusiasm has not yet died down though as Four people braved the wait at Blessed Sacrament Kimanya polling center. Umaru Sebulime , the greater Masaka NRM party registrar, says the materials are in transit en route from Kampala. He says the party's electoral commission agreed on Friday evening that no voting materials should be transported at night. Security in Lwengo district has been stepped up following reports about an imminent clashe between the incumbent MP Umaru Mawiya and Bamulangaki Sempija, the LCV chairperson Masaka who wants to unseat Mawiya. The mood in Sembabule remains calm but unceartain. On Friday evening, several people were arrested on Friday evening for illegal possession of firearms. One of the suspects is Stevene Tandeka, the Rwemiyaga NRM returning officer, who was found in possession of a gun. He was later disarmed. Voting materials have not yet arrived there too.


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