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Delayed Arrival of Polling Officials Angers Voters, Candidates

Jamawa Kwegemya, a voter in Mafubira zone C village told URN at 12:40pm that despite arriving at the polling station at 9am, the presiding officers were nowhere to be seen.
Voters of Oboja road village stand by the road as they wait for the arrival of polling officials.

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There were delays in the fresh local council polls in some of the 70 villages in Jinja district that missed the Monday polls. Although the voters were asked to report to the polling stations by 9am for the fresh polls on Wednesday, most of the presiding officers didn't show up until after 12pm.

The late arrival of the presiding officers irked candidates and their supporters. Some of the voters threatened to go ahead and conduct the polls on their own without the officials. Jamawa Kwegemya, a voter in Mafubira zone C village told URN at 12:40pm that despite arriving at the polling station at 9am, the presiding officers were nowhere to be seen.

Abu Mukwaya, a voter in Magamaga central village in Buwenge Sub County, said he arrived at the polling station at around 8:30am hoping to exercise his will and dash to work only to wait for the polling officials until 12:00 noon. 

Ismael Datemwa, one of the candidates in Buwekula village, says both the voters and candidates were ready for the polling exercise as early as 8:00am but to their surprise only the polling constables kept time as the presiding officials were no show.

He threatened to mobilise the voters and candidates to go ahead and vote in the absence of the polling officials.

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James Isiko, a candidate at Oboja road cell in Jinja central division also complained about the delays, saying it may lead to impatience among voters.

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The Jinja District Electoral Commission Returning Officer, Rodgers Sserunjogi defended the late arrival of the polling officials, saying some of them received information about the fresh polls late.