Mark Muganzi Mayanja the Mukono Returning Officer notes that deliveries had started but since they operate in open space, it would not make any sense to deliver them under heavy rains.
Heavy rain that
started this morning at around 5am has disrupted smooth delivery of election
voting materials in parts of Mukono and Lugazi Municipalities.
Unlike in the presidential and local government elections where materials have
been reaching at polling stations before 6am, this time the electoral
commission has started dispatching materials at stations located in the Central
Division such as CAOs building, St Dunstan, Kikooza, Mukono headquarters and
general hospital at 8am.
However, no voters had turned up even after the late delivery. In most parts of
Ggoma division, materials were yet to be delivered after 08.00 following the
persistent heavy heavy rains.
Mark Muganzi Mayanja the Mukono Returning Officer-RO notes that deliveries had
started but since they operate in open space, it would not make any sense to
deliver them in heavy rains.
He nonetheless says they are in touch with their electoral officers,
instructing them to find their way to the polling stations to so as to expedite
At Lugazi Municipality persistent heavy rains were still failing delivery of
materials to any polling station by eight o'clock. Ann Mary Tusingirwe the
Buikwe RO appeals to residents turn up for elections immediately it stops
"The good thing materials were delivered to the division headquarters by
yesterday. Reaching polling stations is not going to take us time."
In Mubende, agents of some of the candidates in the municipality
mayoral elections are worried about the delay of the polling materials reaching
their polling stations, claiming that it may be done with ill intentions.
Marion Mulice an agent at Kasaana Ward polling
station A-M says that it is unfortunate to find that towards 8.00am, the
materials had not reached her polling station. She says that
when the materials are delayed it worries her and when they are delivered too
early before the agents turn up it is also disadvantageous.
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But Natumanya Dancan the presiding officer at the
same polling station says that they are delayed by unavoidable circumstances.
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At Kasenyi Church of Uganda polling station also
in Mubende municipality, all the necessary polling materials had been delivered
by 6.40 am but the presiding officer Namubiru Dino says that they were being
delayed by the voters who by 8.15am had not turned up for the commission
officers to start the exercise.
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Three people are contesting for Mubende
Municipality mayoral seat and these include Independent Geoffrey Natigo,
Kakinda Matovu for NUP, Rutashoroora Geoffrey (independent) and Innocent
Ssekiziyivu for NRM.
In Entebbe and Makindye-Ssabagabo municipalities, heavy rain delayed
the start of the polling.
Voters were supposed to elect municipality
mayors and councilors today from 7am to 4pm. However, none of the polling
stations were open by 7 am due to the rains.
The rains which started after 5am, became somewhat
lighter at 6:30am but all the same continued falling in both municipalities.
In Entebbe, 30 voters and over sixty polling
agents for the National Unity Platform-NUP and Democratic Party-DP had turned
up by 6:40am at Katabi-Busambaga playground. The playground has nine
polling stations and over 18,000 voters.
One of the voters, John Mujuni, says he came early
in order to vote by 7:30am and thereafter proceed for work at a construction
site in Kiwafu.
Raymond Walungama, the NUP supervisor at
Katabi-Busambaga playground says he arrived at 6:20am with 30 polling agents
and they all stayed in their vehicles during the rains.
While, Andrew Wani, DP Supervisor at the same
polling station says he arrived with also over 30 polling agents at exactly 6am. He adds that
the team however braved the rains because "there were rumours that some
candidates wanted to ballot stuff between 5am and 6:30am. So we had to arrive
at the polling stations early."
Katabi Town Council playground in Kitubulu,
Mayor's Garden, Entebbe Comprehensive SSS and other polling stations had also
not opened by 7:30am because polling officials and materials arrived after 7am.
The officials found at least 20 voters and
polling agents taking cover in the nearby homes and shops.
However, polling started by 8am at Mayor's Garden
with the polling officials using large polyethylene bags to shield the ballot
papers and umbrellas to shield the voting booths.
In Makindye-Ssabagabo municipality, polling had also not
started yet by 7:30am at Masajja B polling station, Lubugumu Umea Primary
School playground, NSSF playground, Seguku Central and Nazziba polling station.
Makindye-Ssabagabo municipality and Entebbe
municipality have a total of 165,376 and 55,515 registered voters respectively.