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Ballot Stuffing: Voting Halted at Three Kayunga Polling Stations

At Kangulumira specifically Nakyesanja polling station, the box was stuffed with over 462 ballot papers before even the bio-metric machine was brought to the station.
Polling agents examining preticked ballots at Kangurumira.

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Voting in at least three polling stations has this morning been halted after residents protested exercise over ballot stuffing.

The exercise is halted at polling stations of Kyato-Mwoloola and Nakyesanja at Kayonza sub county and also Seeta-Nyiize in Kangulumira sub county.

At Nakyesanja and Kyato, each presiding officer of these polling stations appeared at the polling station alone with boxes stuffed with over 100 ballot papers ticked in favour of Andrew Muwonge, the National Resistance Movement candidate.

At Kangulumira specifically Nakyesanja polling station, the box was stuffed with over 462 ballot papers before even the bio-metric machine was brought to the station.

On all the polling stations, residents have protested progress of the exercise. Although police and the army have cordoned off the stations to prevent chaos, the exercise is still on a standstill. Presiding officers are under police protection at their respective centers.

John Mpiima a voter at Seeta says the exercise should stop since they cannot trust the officials anymore.

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Margret Nakitende, who has headed the monitoring campaign at Kangulumira notes that EC has declined to pick their telephone calls despite of their constant effort to ensure that they find amicable solution.

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Dr Tanga Odoi, who is monitoring Kangurumira on behalf of NRM says is not aware  how votes were ticked, he appeals to the electoral commission dispatch a team to sort out the matter so that the voting exercise continues.

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Justice Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson who is also in Kayunga heading the supervision of the exercise says they have dispatched to reach areas where the incidents have happened so as to find a solution.

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URN has heard from local sources claiming that the plot to stuff ballots was executed last night. He says several boxes of pre-ticked votes were dispatched the most rural sub counties in the district in the wee hours.

However, the Resident District Commissioner Ssempala Kigozi, contends that security ensured that there was no movement of people during night. According to him, the few people that moved during night were arrested including members of parliament; Aloysius Mukasa, Charlese Tebandeke and Lukyamuzi Kalwanga. 

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