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Ntungamo Voter Flees with Voting Material

According to our reporter in Ntungamo, the incident happened around 2 a.m., during the transportation of voting materials to Rubaare Sub County from the Electoral Commission offices in Ntungamo district.
14 Jan 2021 14:45
An unidentified voter has made off with a ballot box containing voting materials for Kacerere polling station in Rubaare Sub County,  Ntungamo District. The voter was part of the volunteers deployed to help carry voting materials to Rubaare Sub County because of the poor road network.

 According to our reporter in Ntungamo, the incident happened around 2 a.m., during the transportation of voting materials to Rubaare Sub County from the Electoral Commission offices in Ntungamo district.

Our reporter explains that EC officials decided to use the volunteers after the trucks carrying the materials failed to navigate through the road connecting to Rubaare sub-county headquarters because of the ongoing works.   He explained that the road is filled with heaps of marram, which makes it difficult for trucks to drive through. The missing ballot box contained the voter’s register, the presidential and parliamentary ballots for Kacerere polling station.

Police have since picked up a political assistant to Naomi Kabasharira, an independent candidate for the Rushenyi Parliamentary seat in connection to the theft of the ballot box. The theft of the ballot box led to the late delivery of voting materials to other polling stations.

Four candidates are vying for the Rushenyi Parliamentary seat. The others are the incumbent and National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate, Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC candidate, Dr Benjamin Binyaruhanga-FDC and Elick Kahumuza, an independent.   There are 68,000 registered voters in Rushenyi County.