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Two Injured in Ngora as Rival Supporters Clash At Polling Station

The two and several others picked a fight with supporters of Charles Peter Obelon, another rival candidate in the race. The fight followed reports alleging that Obelon was bribing voters.
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Two supporters of Johnson Odeke, the LCIII candidate for Ngora Sub County in Ngora district are nursing injuries after a fight at Kalengo Polling Station. Peter Okoboi and Samuel Okello, both residents of Apama Village sustained scratches and minor injuries on their faces.

The two and several others picked a fight with supporters of Charles Peter Obelon, another candidate in the race. The fight followed reports alleging that Obelon was bribing voters.

Obelon’s supporters were reportedly distributing 1,000 Shillings to every voter along with Mbale Trading Center and Ogolitome Primary School Road. According to the information from Odeke’s camp, the agents of Obelon were seen in other polling stations like Agolitome allegedly dishing money to supporters. They were also reportedly seen ferrying voters to polling stations. 

The Police in Ngora Sub County says they are investigating the matter. 

Earlier on, election officials protested delay by the electoral commission to facilitate their transport allowances. This affected voting in Mukura- Mukura, Mukura Primary School, Mukura Memorial Secondary School and Apuwai Polling Stations where voting started past 10:00 am.

Reports indicate that the District Returning officer, Peter Toddu had hired some Boda- Boda cyclists to deliver voting materials to the polling station since there were not enough vehicles.

But the cyclists demanded payment before they could transport the materials, delaying the start of voting. 

Toddu had to rush to the affected polling stations to address the situation as some voters started charging at the officials. 

In Bukedea District, Solomon Kasa, a voter at Kamula Polling station in Bukedea Town Council was beaten by angry agents when a polling assistant, Alfred Amuriat issued him two ballot papers. Although the polling assistant explained that it was an error, the situation lasted about 15 minutes to normalize at the polling station.