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Candidates Continue Campaigning as Elections Take Place in Masaka

In Kimanya-Kabonera and Nyendo-Mukungwe divisions of the newly created Masaka City, candidates and their agents are still traversing communities urging people to vote for them.
The various candidates vying for division leadership positions in Masaka City are continuing with voter mobilisation on the polling day.

In Kimanya-Kabonera and Nyendo-Mukungwe divisions of the newly created Masaka City, candidates and their agents were at midday still traversing communities urging people to vote for them. 

By midday, one of the independent candidates for Nyendo-Mukungwe division chairperson still had his mobile loud speakers running around the community calling out voters to get out and vote for him.

Some of the loud messages being passed out are urging the people to get out to the polling station and vote for the watch: one of symbols on the ballot.

Paul Kaweesi, one of the three announcers on the mobile motor van, told Uganda Radio Network that they took it upon themselves to mobilize numbers on the polling day.

"Many people in this area have low morale for voting and now need to be reactivated," he said. "We are now here to remind them that voting is today and because this is a sponsored platform we can't avoid telling them of the candidate we want them to vote for," he said.

A Democratic Party candidate for one of the division chairperson seats has also been sighted in Kirowooza Parish, one of the areas that were annexed to Masaka city, where he was addressing voters a few meters from the polling station.

In other areas, some candidates have hired boda boda riders to carry voters to polling station.

Moses Mugerwa, boda boda rider in Kigo parish also in Nyendo Mukungwe revealed that he had been hired by a candidate to carry elderly voters to polling stations as well as guiding them on who to vote for.

Similarly, at Kirowooza Primary School polling station in Kasanje ward, agents of different candidates were seen continuing to ask for votes from people as they came vote.

Notably, the Uganda Elections laws forbids candidates and their agents from engaging in any campaigning activities on election day. The law demands that candidates stop all their campaign activities 48 hours to the polling day.

A total of 122,440 registered voters in Masaka City at 188 polling are voting for their leaders in the two city divisions.

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