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Voters Recount Local Councils Polling Day Hustle

The voters have decried the ease with which candidates in some places forged voting slips and ferried voters from neighbouring villages to vote in places away from their residences. They are equally upset that many of them learnt about the village voters register on polling day.
Voters celebrate with their candidate in Ntinda

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Ugandan voters have expressed dismay at the manner in which local council elections that were held yesterday, were organized.  In the aftermath of a marathon voting activity across the country, several voters are still struggling to cope with the outcome of a process that was characterized by chaos, confusion and running battles between voters and security agencies.

The voters have decried the ease with which candidates in some places forged voting slips and ferried voters from neighbouring villages to vote in places away from their residences.  They are equally upset that many of them learnt about the village voters register on polling day.

Sheila Kusabira, a voter from Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala is frustrated that her name was not on the village voters register but adds that the credibility of the election was also affected by the choice of polling officers. She says that in one case the wife of a participating candidate was the electoral officer.

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Gerald Kasozi, a voter at Ssempala Zone in Ntinda says the problem with the elections was that several nonresidents bribed their way to the village register and as a result, residents were easily outnumbered.

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Eddie Senkeezi, a candidate in Ssempala Zone says that the elections started late in a number of polling stations, affecting the number of voters.

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James Bukenya, a voter in Bukoto blame the flaws on the failure by the electoral commission to monitor the processes.  According to him, some people came in with extra voting slips which were used by nonresidents to join the queue while candidates were freely dishing out money in exchange for votes.

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Akol George, a resident of Kiwatule traces the problem to the method of voting and the organization around it. He explains that in some cases, policemen guarding electoral centres were overpowered and only watched the voters participate from a distance.

"In each of the Polling stations, there was a policeman but the number of voters was overwhelming and in some cases, even the agents could not control the situation,” Akol said.

Another Kampala based voter, Dorothy Nambi, says the entire election was chaotic and that people were not counted well yet others accessed the voting centres even before going through the verification process. She says some people's candidates were blocked from accessing venues.

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