Patrick Okiror, a Candidate for Orungo Town Council LCIII seat said that voters asked him for transport to reach the polling stations. Okiror is worried about the outcome of the polls since few people will now determine the next leader.
Candidates for sub-county chairpersons across Teso have expressed
concern over the low voter turnout in the LCIII council elections.
Across Orungo County in Amuria district, most polling stations were empty in
the morning until 12 pm when people started turning up at polling stations to
cast their votes. Sarah Apeso and Christine Ikimu are residents of
Omoratok Village in Orungo Town Council said that they couldn’t brave the scorching
sun just to cast their votes.
“With all this heat, you want me to walk about five kilometres to cast my vote!
If they want me to vote, let them bring transport, otherwise, my vote will remain
with me”, Apeso said.
Patrick Okiror, a Candidate for Orungo Town Council LCIII seat says voters are
asking him for transport to reach the polling stations. Okiror is worried about
the outcome of the polls since few people will now determine the next leader.
“In this election, only people with relatives or close connection with
candidates in the race will be voting. The election will also be determined by
people can facilitate transport to voters to the polling stations”, Okiror
Ambrose Okwi, the incumbent LCIII Chairperson seeking the third term in Katakwi
Town Council wants Electoral Commission to conduct elections for all categories
of leaders in one day to address issues of low turn up in local government
elections. He notes that they are incurring more costs on the mobilization of
voters to cast votes.
Okwi shares his views with Patrick Epilu, a candidate in Oriamo Sub County
chairperson race in Kaberamaido District. The duo revealed that they have been
mobilizing voters through the door-to-door.
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Johnson Odeke, a candidate in Ngora Sub County blames low voter turnout to the absence
of voter education. He also notes that many people don’t trust the outcome and
urged the Electoral Commission to work hard to build trust among the
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The low voter turnout has forced some candidates, through their
agents to ferry voters to polling stations. Electoral Commission has been
sending text messages to registered voters encouraging them to turn up and cast