Internet was cut off last night just a day after President Kaguta Museveni told the country that they had disabled social media after Facebook blocked accounts of a number of National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters and influencers. Facebook accused them of using their platform to spread propaganda and influence the Election.
At Holy Rosary Primary School - Polling Station A, several voters were stranded up to 10 am when voting hadn’t started. It’s where DP Presidential Candidate Norbert Mao voted from. Mao was the first to cast his vote at 10:15 am.
Despite the electoral guidelines that required presiding offers to put clear marks at all polling stations for easy identification by voters, the requirements were hardly followed in many parts of Masaka.
The Division has 126 polling stations with 112,829 voters out of the 18.1 million registered voters countrywide. According to the Electoral Commission -EC male voters constitute 47.5 per cent while Females are 52.5 per cent.
While he is still struggling to speak and recognize certain things, Kasirye said that being able to vote is a dream come true for him. He told URN separately that when he recovers properly he will use all his energy to fight for good leadership.
He said in a phone interview that they have tested the internet and it's working perfectly. This despite a shutdown which affected the entire country, when the government moved to block access to the Worldwide web.
This is the first time Uganda is going through a complete blockage of the world wide web during elections. Uganda experienced Social media shutdowns in previous elections. In 2011, authorities instructed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to temporarily block access to Facebook and Twitter for 24 hours and in 2016, authorities ordered telecommunication companies to block social media access on mobile phones.
There are three checkpoints along Kampala-Hoima highway. One of the checkpoints is at Nkowe, another in Wakiso trading centre and another next to Namayumba town council. The other checkpoints have been erected at Buloba on Mityana road, Jeeza in Mpigi district and Wabigalo in Mityana municipality.
At least 1,423 boxes of ballot papers, basins and lamps were dispatched from the designated centre in Nakawa at 10:30 pm on Wednesday evening from where it was driven to holding centres in constituencies. The material was then supposed to be delivered to the different polling station by 6:20 am this morning.
According to our reporter in Ntungamo, the incident happened around 2 a.m., during the transportation of voting materials to Rubaare Sub County from the Electoral Commission offices in Ntungamo district.