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No Voter Location Slip, No Entry to Luzira Prison Polling Station

At the main gate of the prison, all persons seeking entrance into the facility were required to present the slip as proof that they are supposed to vote at the designated polling station. Those that could not present a slip were stopped from entering the gate.

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As early as 6:40 am, voters who expected to cast their vote in front of the Murchison Bay Prison polling station had arrived. However, some were denied entry into the Luzira prison main gate because they did not have Voter Location Slips. 

At the main gate of the prison, all persons seeking entrance into the facility were required to present the slip as proof that they are supposed to vote at the designated polling station. Those that could not present a slip were stopped from entering the gate. 

The URN team found about ten voters stranded at the gate, together with dozens of others who were still locked in a commuter taxi. 

Dixon Asiimwe, a 36-year-old man who URN spoke to said that the LC1 chairman of the area had promised to come with his Voter Location Slip in the morning, however, he was nowhere to be seen. Another voter, Hilda Nantogo said that she was going to go back home in Kitintale to pick her slip before she could return to vote.

“I picked the paper on Monday but I left it home because the Electoral Commission said the slips were not needed for people to vote,” Nantogo said.  The conditions necessitating one to present a Voter Location Slip before they can vote is contrary to what the commission chairperson Justice Simon Byamakama said earlier in the week.  

Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson told URN that the prison cannot allow people who are not identified in the facility. Baine says voters who will not present slips will have to forego their constitutional right to vote.   

“If you register from Luzira, you must be ready to suffer the consequences. The genuine people know what is needed to access the prison. If you don’t have anything to show that you are either staff or related to staff or a voter slip, in this case, you might fail to access your right. We are not going to compromise security because of people like that,” he said.

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According to EC data, a total of 1,209 people are expected to cast their vote at the Murchison Bay polling station. As of now, it has not been ascertained how many people will not be able to cast their votes.