Up to 8:00am, some of the polling stations in Soroti City had not opened the ballot boxes. Similar situation was recorded in Mukono and Buikwe in Central Buganda, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Kyenjojo in Tooro sub region, Luweero, Masaka, among others.
There is low voter turnout in different several polling stations across
Several stations failed to commence voting by 7:00 am because
there were no voters to witness the opening of the ballot boxes.
Up to 8:00 am, some of the polling stations in Soroti City had not opened. A similar
situation was recorded in Mukono and Buikwe in Central Buganda, Ntoroko,
Kabarole and Kyenjojo in Tooro sub-region, Luweero, Masaka, among others.
At Baptist K, Soroti Prisons and Campswahili Mosque Polling Stations, only
election officers were present at the polling stations. The first voters arrived
past 8:00 am yet the voting materials were at the polling station by 7:00 am.
Jacob Epilu, the Presiding Officer at Campswahili Mosque says only four voters
had shown up since his team arrived at the polling station at 6:40 am.
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Isaac Opus, one of the voters in Campswahili says some people have
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Soroti City is conducting the residual election for division male councillors
whose election was called off due to missing ballot papers on January 25th.
There was an early distribution of voting materials in most of the polling
stations despite low voter turning up. Polling stations at Mukono Municipality
and Lugazi Municipality in Buikwe have been ready by 7 pm.
Andrew Kagolo a resident at Mukono central division notes that most of the
voters were only interested in the presidential and parliamentary elections.
"Some other voters travelled from distant places of their
workplaces for only presidential and they are not interested in the lower local
elections. Some others their favourite candidates did not win and lost hope of turning
up again." Kagolo notes.
Mark Muganzi Mayanja, the Returning Officer for Mukono district says they have
had the capacity of delivering voting materials in time before appealing
residents to turn up voting.
In Kyenjojo, at Kasiina B and Kyenjojo secondary school polling stations, there
were no voters and polling officials had not yet turned up by 8:00 am. It was
not different at several polling stations in Ntoroko district including
Karugutu Christian Fellowship and Kyabandara primary school.
As one way of improving on voter turn up, the Electoral Commission on Tuesday
sent text messages to registered voters, urging them to go to their polling
stations and vote.
In Ngora districts, some polling stations had high voter turn up
by 7:00 am. At Okorom Polling station, 30 people including two candidates had
cast their votes by 7:37 am.
In Entebbe Municipality, there was a delay in the distribution of
election materials. None of the 74 polling stations was open by 7:30 am mainly
because polling materials had not been delivered yet.
For instance, at Mayor's Garden and Katabi-Busambaga with over 10,000
registered voters, over 50 voters had turned up at the polling stations by 7 am
while polling agents and polling officials arrived between 6 am and 7 am.
In Jinja district, ballot papers were delivered to different
polling stations under tight security.
Unlike in the previous elections where there was heavy deployment
of the army and police, today’s election is manned by Special Police
Constables- SPCs and other Police Officers patrolling different electoral
Some polling stations in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district are
missing out on the number of polling assistants assigned to them by the
Daphine Tumwikirize, a DP polling agent at Praise Academy Junior School
says that out of the five polling assistants they expected, only four had
turned up by the time casting of the votes started.
In Luwero town council, elections have been delayed at certain
Polling stations over lack of recommended voters and failure of BVV machines to
The most affected polling stations were Luwero Islamic Mosque A and N-NAK
polling where BVV machines failed to start leaving 30 voters stuck in the line.
It took the intervention of the Election supervisor for town council Amiina
Sempa to rush at the polling stations with a technician to fix them before they
started elections at 8;30am. The delay affected about 30 voters who had turned
up to cast their votes and start work.
Sempa later told URN the matter had been fixed and all polling stations had
started to work.
In Masaka district, the sub-county and town council elections at several
polling stations in Bukakata and Buwunga Sub County, by 08:40 AM voting had not
yet started and the Presiding Officers, the polling Constables and candidates’
agents were only looking at the delivered voting materials in frustration.
At luvule, Mazinga and Kajuna polling stations, the presiding officers were yet
to open the ballot boxes after they failed to the required number of five
witnesses to begin the voting process.
In Kitgum, elections of Municipal Division Chairpersons and Councilors kicked
off late in most polling stations. The delays were due to late deliveries of
poling materials and absence of voters to witnesses ballot box opening at
At three polling stations within Pandwong, Pager, and Central Divisions, voting
hadn’t yet kicked off by 8:40 am. At Upland Polling station in Pandwong
division, the presiding officer Innocent Okot told Uganda Radio Network that
the materials were delivered late by 8:00 am.