The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says they have received information about ‘hooligans’ who intend to wreak havoc on voters and businesses in the city during the elections.
During last week’s presidential and parliamentary elections, several polling stations faced challenges that include using the Biometric Voter Verification Kit (BVVK) machines owing to knowledge gaps, checking voter’s registers and guiding voters on how to proceed during vote casting.
The EC spokesperson points out that further investigation must be done on invalid vote numbers because spoilt votes generate from conduct and behavior of a voter and might be protest votes from people seen from the way they cross out some candidates’ names, which may yield high numbers of the spoilt votes.
On Tuesday, the applicants through their lawyers of PACE and Company Advocates led by George Musisi argue that they have a constitutional right to apply for bail and that the charges against them are bailable.
“All the 11 guards were arrested and later released after recording statements with PSU. They are being accused of deviating from police operation procedures when they were guarding presidential candidates. The IGP said they disrespected orders of OCs and DPCs,” source said.
Yasin Madoi, the NUP Industrial City Division parliamentary candidate, says declaration forms were signed prior to the end of the election, which is illegal. He says he intends to seat down with him to decide a way forward on their next course of action.
Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala, the party Spokesperson, Enock Opio Okoler, said the entire election right from the campaigns was marred with human right violations and can’t pass the test of free and fair elections.
As government continues to popularize the HPV shot for girls aged 9-11 years, medics say 96 percent of the population is not aware that males too need to get the Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) which protects them from acquiring the virus and passing it on females they are sexually involved with.
According to Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson Muhammad Nsubuga, the suspects were arrested over the last five days. Some directly attacked their opponents while others destroyed election materials and participated in a post-election protests.