"People normally don't vote when it is raining we hope that they will come later on to vote," he said. In Nakawa East, the situation was the same. At St Mbagga Primary School in Kiwatule with 5 polling stations, by 8:00, am voting had begun at only one polling station.
Voting had not started at City House polling station in Kampala Central Division by 8 am. Photo by Olive Nakatudde
for division mayors and councillors started late at several polling stations in
Kampala city visited by our reporters. According to the Electoral Commission guidelines,
voting was scheduled to start at 7 am and stop at 4 pm. However, by 7 am, voting
had not yet started at several polling stations visited by our teams. At Kampala
Hill Academy in Kyebando Nsoba, agents and a few voters were still stuck
outside the gate by 7 am.
constable at the gate asked them to wait on the other side of the road since
the voting material had not yet been delivered. At St. Paul's Primary School in
Kyebando Central, voting had not started by 7:25 am. Polling Assistants were
still setting the polling stations. They were seen carrying desks from classrooms to arrange the polling stations while the polling agents looked on outside
the gate. Security blocked the polling agents from accessing the voting areas, saying
they would only be allowed once polling assistants were done with settings the
At Kampala Quality Primary School voting had not started by 7:30 am. Although
materials had been delivered, polling Assistants said they didn't have the
biometric machines, which agents insisted should be availed before voting could
start. They agreed to wait for the delivery of the machines before the voting
process could commence. At Homisdallen Primary School, the voting material was
still being offloaded by 7:40 am as the agents were also being briefed on one
side. Voting had not yet started by 8am.
The situation wasn’t any different in Nakawa
division. By 7:00 am, voting had not yet begun voting at several polling stations
sampled by our reporters. Polling stations received voting material early enough,
but there were no voters. While at some polling stations, the polling
assistants were demarcating the designated area. At Ssentamu Kavule polling
station in Nakawa, voting had not yet started by 7:20 am. The polling assistant Ibrahim Ssentongo told
URN that they were waiting for voters.
"The weather is bad and I think
voters are scared. At any time, it might rain again," he said. The same situation was found at Mbuya Church of Uganda polling station, Jambula
A-M polling Station where a light shower began at 7:30 am. By 8:00 am, polling
officials were seated on the verandas near the polling station as they waited
for the drizzle to stop. John Agaba
at Jambula says the rain has disorganised the day.
"People normally don't
vote when it is raining we hope that they will come later on to
vote," he said. In Nakawa East, the situation was the same. At St Mbagga
Primary School in Kiwatule with 5 polling stations, by 8:00, am voting had begun at
only one polling station. Waswa Mukiibi, one of the few voters who braved the
bad weather to go cast his vote at Kisaasi Muslim Secondary School, said he had
to carry out his constitutional right.
"This is where I pass on my way to work so I decided to first vote before
I go to work. I was scared that it might start raining when am here but I took
faith. The people are few like last week but I think they will come during the day,
“he said. The race for Nakawa division mayor is between the Forum for
Democratic Change-FDC candidate, Daniel Musoke, National Unity Platform-NUP candidate,
Paul Mugambe and NRM’s Bruhan Byaruhanga.
central division, several polling stations visited by our reporter had not yet received
polling materials by 7:00 am while those with materials had not kicked off the
exercise. At 7:10 am, polling officials
at Crested Towers polling station were seen inspecting voting materials as
agents of different candidates witnessed the process.
The nearby polling
station at the National Theatre had its polling officials and candidate agents
look on helplessly by 7:40 am amid the threatening heavy downpour.
not yet arranged the polling station and the voting material was still
intact. The polling assistants were later seen walking to the shade at the
National Theatre building in fear of what could happen if it started raining.
Meanwhile, in Kamwokya, by 6:30 am polling agents and officials had arrived at
the different polling station but the voting material was nowhere to be seen. At
KCCA Primary Schook (MUH-Z), TLC leisure centre (NAL-O)
and TLC leisure Centre (P-Z) the materials had not yet arrived.
Nicholas Katumba, a polling agent of Hamudan Ssemugoma, who is contesting
for the Kampala Central Mayoral seat under the National Unity Platform- NUP,
says the late delivery of vote material is unfair to the electorate. "I
don't know why materials always come late in Kamwokya yet the
ten people who are supposed to check the materials to enable voting start
are here but the materials are yet to reach. We are told the materials are
supposed to be at polling Station by 6:00 am," said Katumba.
David Imo, a
polling agent of Bwambale Francisco, who is contesting for the Kamwokya councillor’s seat equally said he was at the TLC leisure center polling
Station by 6:00 am but the voting material wasn’t there. "We have been here
from 6:00 am but we don't know why materials always delay. The same
incident happened during the presidential elections and the last week's
election, why?" he asked.
At Kamwokya Community (NAN-Z) polling station, the electoral officers were
found organizing the polling station around 7:00.am. Francis Mbazira and his
colleague Isaac Ssempala, the polling agents of Charles Musoke Sserunjogi,
the incumbent Kampala Central Mayor expressed disappointment that
more than five voters who wanted to cast their votes and go for work had
left without voting.
"The unfairness starts in the morning with the delayed delivery of voting
material, now those people will not come back. This is Kampala, people come
to vote and rush back to their jobs," said Mbazira. Those vying for the Kampala
Central Division mayor race is the incumbent, Charles Sserunjogi from the
Democratic Party, Salim Uhuru, National Resistance Movement- NRM party ticket,
independent candidate, Patrick Mukasa and Ssemugoma Hamudan of National Unity Platform-NUP.