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Late Delivery of Voting Materials Mars NRM Polls in Greater Masaka Region

Rogers Kawalya, the Rakai Town Council NRM Election Supervise told URN that they had failed to open the polling exercise since all polling stations had not yet received voting materials by 1pm.
NRM members stranded at Rakai district headquarters polling ststion where they were supposed to cast their votes in party primaries. Election started after 4pm

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NRM primary elections have delayed to kick off in Rakai, Lwengo, Sembabule and Kalungu districts. NRM members in Central Uganda were expected to elect candidates for LC 3 chairpersons, municipal councils, Town councils and LC 3 councilors.

However, by 3pm the party polls had not yet kicked off in Greater Masaka districts due to delayed delivery of voting materials. By 2pm this afternoon, the NRM Electoral Commission was yet to distribute election material in the entire Rakai district.

Angry NRM members stormed the Kyotera Town Council NRM party offices at Bbibiro demanding an explanation why the NRM Electoral Commission officials had not released the voting material. They accused the Rakai District NRM Party Registrar John Bosco Tamale of hiding the voting materials with intentions of rigging the primaries.

Tamale denied the accusations saying they were still sorting out the election material, which they received on Sunday evening. In Lumbugu, Lwanda and Rakai Town Council voting materials had not yet arrived by 1:30pm. Our reporter found over 20 stranded NRM party members at Rakai district headquarters pondering their next move. They threatened to boycott the elections should the elections fail to start by 3pm.

Rosemary Namusoke, an NRM party member told URN that she skipped digging to participate in the polls but by 1pm she had not yet cast her vote. She wondered why the NRM party Electoral Commission had failed to deliver the polling materials in time. Rogers Kawalya, the Rakai Town Council NRM Election Supervise told URN that they had failed to open the polling exercise since all polling stations had not yet received voting materials by 1pm. 

According to Kawalya, he thought the District Party Commission would distribute the polling material but he was surprised when they were called to Kyotera to sort out the election material.

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Jacob Ssebyooto, one of the candidates in Rakai Town council says the delay to deliver the voting has affected the moral of the voters.

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In Lwengo district, NRM party members in Lwengo town council stormed party offices demanding for the start of the elections. Led by Bruce Tushabe, who is vying for election as NRM party candidate for Lwengo town council forced party officials to release election materials.

At Central Ward Zone, Sula Ntanda, one of the candidates contesting for Lwengo town council party ticket withdrew his polling agents on ground that the election started abnormally late. He accused his rival Hajj Nasil Mutazibwa of bribing polling agents.

Ntanda said he had found polling agents handing out multiple ballot papers to voters and allowing none voters to participate in the polls. He cites Mbirizi play ground where he claims voters were given between five to seven ballot papers.

According to Ntanda, he tasked the polling officials to explain what was going on in vain. Hajj Nasil Mutazibwa declined to comment on the allegations leveled against him by his rival. But Ronald Muwanga, the Lwengo District NRM Registrar denied the allegations saying he wasn\'t aware of any cases of electoral malpractice.