Enoch Ssenkaayi, the Presiding Officer and Maria Namuddu, the polling assistant at Lugalama Catholic polling station confirmed the incident, saying the pre-ticked ballots had not reached the boxes since the suspects were arrested in time.
Police patroling Rakai trading centers
Two people were picked up during the
local council polls in Rakai district with more than 300 pre-ticked ballot
papers. The suspects were spotted by voters who tipped polling agents and
polling assistant at Lugalama Catholic polling station in Lwamagwa town
They were rounded up by the irate voters who beat them up before police
and army officers intervened to save them from the mob. The pre-ticked ballots were in favour of Godfrey
Bajjungu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate for the Rakai LC 5
The incident happened about 20
minutes to 4 pm, which interfered with the vote tallying process for another
hour as the voters demanded the nullification of results from the said polling
station. Enoch Ssenkaayi, the Presiding
Officer and Maria Namuddu, the polling assistant at Lugalama Catholic polling station confirmed the incident, saying
the pre-ticked ballots had not reached the boxes since the suspects were
arrested in time.
Charles Mubiru, the Rakai Resident District Police Commissioner, says the
suspects were taken to the Lwamaggwa police station where they will be charged
with election malpractice. Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police
spokesperson, says they are investigating the matter to establish where the
suspects got the ballot papers.
He says the suspects will be produced in court upon the conclusion of
their investigations. The arrest of the suspects came just three hours after
Deus Tumwesigye, a polling agent of Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, an independent
candidate was arrested with 50 pre-ticked ballot papers at Kakundi Heath Centre
Polling Station in Lwamagwa town council.
The suspect was nabbed by Grace
Nalubega, the chief campaigner of Eliab Kigundu Sango, the National Unity
Platform candidate with the help of voters and polling agents before they
called police to take him.