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Presiding Officers Fail to Mark Polling Stations

Despite the electoral guidelines that required presiding offers to put clear marks at all polling stations for easy identification by voters, the requirements were hardly followed in many parts of Masaka.
14 Jan 2021 17:32
The Electoral Commission officers failed to clearly mark polling stations to guide voters in the areas of Masaka.

Despite the electoral guidelines that required presiding offers to put clear marks at all polling stations for easy identification by voters, the requirements were hardly followed in many parts of Masaka.

At many polling stations, voters would be turned away on reaching the presiding officers desk, after failing to find their names in the voter's register. The inconsistency mainly affected voters that didn't have their voter location slip.

Moses Kiweewa, a voter at Kirumba B polling station who had accompanied his elderly grandmother noted that he did not find it easy to locate his specific polling station. He explained that the Electoral Commission had gazetted new polling stations by splitting from the old polling stations, they were used to, but to his disappointment these were not clearly marked.

"After braving for a long line, we were told to check with the next polling station after failing to find the name on the register of the station," he noted.

He argued that the failure by voters to easily identify their polling stations would easily demotivate people from participating in the polls, given that the exercise had also been earlier disrupted by rain.

Sam Agaba, the Masaka District Electoral Commission Returning Officer indicated that he was not aware of the challenge. He argued that the failure by voters to easily identify their polling stations would easily demotivate people from participating in the polls, given that the exercise had also been earlier disrupted by rain.

Sam Agaba, the Masaka district Electoral Commission Returning Officer indicated that he was not aware of the challenge.