According to Byabakama, the total cost of the elections is 90.67 Billion Shillings but only 36.15 billion has been provided in the Budget Framework Paper, leaving a shortfall of 54.52 billion.
According to Byabakama, the total cost of these elections is 90.67 billion but only 36.15 billion has been provided in the Budget Framework Paper, leaving a shortfall of 54.52 billion.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) earmarked the current EC premises at Jinja Road for construction of the Jinja-Kampala Expressway Flyover as well as the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) projects. EC was expected to vacate the Jinja Road premises by June 2021.
Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the Deputy Spokesperson of NUP used the platform at Kasanje Village in the Nyendo-Mukungwe division to castigate party leaders who obtained different leadership responsibilities in parliament and other levels. He said this was weakening their spirited political movement.
After Muwonge was announced winner, security personnel were deployed in Kayunga town council, Kangulumira, Busaana, and Kitimbwa town. The District Police Commander Felix Mugizi, says that they have received information that Nakwede’s supporters are planning to protest.
Anthony Mwaita Ambrose, the Nakasongola District Returning Officer declared Fred Lubinga the winner of Katuugo LCIII Chairperson by-elections after collecting 898 votes (75 per cent) against his rival Gaster Lule Musisi, the National Resistance Movement candidate who got only 302 votes (24 per cent).
Preliminary results indicate that Nakwede is leading with 35,212 votes followed by her National Resistance Movement challenger Andrew Muwonge with 20,661 votes. Independent candidates Majid Nyanzi has 1,499, Jamir Kamoga 513, Boniface Bandikubi 468 and Anthony Waddimba for DP scoring 519.
She defeated three other candidates to take a seat that fell vacant after the death of her husband Benjamin Matovu, who passed on a few weeks after the administration of the oath. The other contestants in the race were Benon Mwebembezi, Jackson Barigye Mafene, and Wilson Katushabe.
According to the candidates, various cases of electoral mal-practices involving ballot stuffing, voter intimidation, and arrest of National Unity Platform-NUP polling agents have been reported in Bbaale, Kayonza, Kitimbwa, Kangurumira, Nazigo, and Kayunga sub-counties.
Fred Lubinga, the National Unity Platform candidate for LCIII Chairperson seat in Katuugo own faulted security personnel for heavy deployment which has scared some voters from turning up at polling stations.
By 6.30am, a reasonable number of voters had turned up at polling stations such as Kayunga hospital ground NAM-Z, NU-NAM, A-M in Kayunga town council to check on their names in anticipation of the polls that started at 8:30 am. Elections were meant to start at exactly 7am according to EC.
According to Ssaku, the elections collided with his examinations, which couldn’t enable him to stay around for the voting. He, however, says that he counted on his trusted agents and party leaders to help him in his absentia.
Among those arrested is Daily Monitor Journalist, Michael Kakumirizi who had traveled to spend a night at Kayunga but was picked upon arrival, Julius Mutebi, the Mayor Kira Municipality, and Nakwede’s campaign manager, Ben Kyobe.
During a meeting with candidates and their agents on Wednesday, the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, said that to avoid violence only two agents of the candidates will be allowed at each polling station and two will access the tally center.
Joseph Mwebe, the Presiding Officer Kifamba Sub County, attributed the delay to a lack of voters. He said that the polling officials and voting materials were delivered earlier, but voting could not start.
On Tuesday, security personnel fired live bullets and teargas to disperse hundreds of NUP supporters in Kayunga Town Council who were protesting the cancelation of the final campaigns of Harriet Nakwede.