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Kayunga By-elections: EC Asks Candidates to Deploy Two Agents at Polling Station, Tally Center

During a meeting with candidates and their agents on Wednesday, the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, said that to avoid violence only two agents of the candidates will be allowed at each polling station and two will access the tally center.
Some of NUP supporters protesting in Kayunga yesterday.

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Supporters of the National Unity Platform-NUP in Kayunga District have protested a decision by the Electoral Commission to allow only two polling agents at the polling stations and tally center.

During a meeting with candidates and their agents on Wednesday, the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama said that to avoid violence two agents of candidates will be allowed at each polling station and each candidate will have two agents at the tally center.

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However, opposition leaders in the district have protested the restrictions saying that they are intended to give room for vote-rigging.

 John Mary Ssebuufu, the National Unity Platform-NUP election officer in charge of Buganda region noted they need three agents per county at the tally center. Kayunga has three counties of Ntenjeru North, South, and Bbaale county.

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Kayunga Returning Officer Jennifer Kyobutungi, says they agreed with police to deploy heavily in sub-counties they considered as hotspots. The areas are Kayunga town council, Kangulumira, Kitimbwa, Bbaale, Nazigo and Kayunga sub county.

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On Tuesday, EC canceled campaigns for the NUP Candidate Harriet Nakwede leading to protests by her supporters.

The District Democratic Party Chairperson Rogers Katanyoreka accuses the EC for failing to control and guide police on its roles.

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The Kayunga District Police Commander, Felix Mugizi assured all the candidates that the elections will be peaceful.

The candidates in the race include Harriet Nakwede of the National Unity Platform-NUP, Anthony Waddimba from the Democratic Party-DP, and independent candidates; Boniface Bandikubi, Majid Nyanzi, and Jamil Kamoga.

The LCV seat fell vacant following the death of Muhammad Ffeffeka Sserubogo who died a month after occupying the office.                       

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