Trouble started after the supporters of Aisha Kalombo, one of the aspirants for the NRM party ticket for the Eastern Division LC 3 chairperson’s seat stormed Marachi C polling station demanding to participate in the elections but were turned away by the polling officials.
Police have used live bullets to disperse rowdy National Resistance Movement-NRM party members in Busia during LC III primary elections.
Trouble started after the supporters of Aisha Kalombo, one of the aspirants for the NRM party ticket for the Eastern Division LC III chairperson’s seat stormed Marachi C polling station demanding to participate in the elections but were turned away by the polling officials.
The same group had earlier moved to Arubaine B, Marachi D, Marachi A and Sofia polling stations to vote for their candidate.
Their attempts to vote at Marachi C polling station led to a heated exchange with Sayid Wandera's leading to clashes that prompted police to open fire to disperse them. Presiding officials fled the polling station when the chaos broke out but were still pursued by the angry supporters demanding that they return and count the voters.
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Mwajuma Kanifwa and Christine Nandera who had turned up to vote at Marachi C polling station, say Aisha Kalombo's supporters stormed the polling station and tried to line up to be counted.
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Shaban Kirya, the polling agent of Said Wandera says that his candidate got 203 votes against 06 polled by Aisha Kalombo. He, however, says the arrival of Kalombo’s supporters interrupted everything.
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Alex Omwa, the Officer in Charge of Mugungu police post, says that they shot bullets to rescue the presiding officer from the angry supporters who wanted to hijack them and tear the declaration forms.
Similar chaos broke out at church of God polling station in the Western division in Nangwe-Madibira village when a fight broke out between the supporters of John Okecho and his rival Henry Ouma. The chaos prompted the presiding officer to cancel the polls.