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Voters in Nakawa Shun Voting Over Disappointment in Presidential Polls

In Kinawataka, Irene Atim who operates a photo studio near Kinawataka Mujjambula's place located in Mbuya says that she did not vote because she lost trust in the voting process.
The National Curriculum Development Center Polling Station in Kyambogo
Some voters in Nakawa did not participate in the local government council elections after they were disappointed in the Presidential elections. 

At some of the businesses premises located near polling stations, the traders did not close their businesses because they had lost the morale to cast their votes.

In Kinawataka, Irene Atim who operates a photo studio near Kinawataka Mujjambula's place located in Mbuya says that she did not vote because she lost trust in the voting process.

"Last week I voted because I wanted to change but was disappointed. We were eager but we're disappointed with the results. I do not see why I should go and vote again yet the results will be played with to favour some people," she said.

At a Polling station in St Mbaaga Primary school in Kiwatule, only 58 people had voted by 11; 00 am.

Mariam Nadamba one of the market vendors in Bukoto says that she did not tvote because she is tired of leaders who have failed to address unemployment. She also says that she will not waste time because all elections are rigged.

Another vendor Sophia Namata says that the leaders they voted for in 2016 elections have abandoned the electorate and failed to fulfill their pledges. 

"We keep voting people who never come back to do for us anything. They just go to parliament to enrich themselves. This year, am not going to waste my time voting for anyone," she said.

However, a group of Boda Boda riders found on one of the streets in Bukoto says that they shunned voting because they are not happy with the outcome of the presidential elections.

 They allege that Museveni who was declared the winner could have rigged the elections because there was no transparency.

However, others have attributed the low turn up of voters to government's failure to declare the day as a public holiday.

But in polling stations around Kyambogo University specifically at National Curriculum Development Centre, there were no voters save for agents and polling officials. The station looked deserted yet last week it had hundreds of people who turned up. 

The same situation was reported by many other polling stations in the division. At Bina, A polling station located at St James Catholic Church only three voters by 11:30 am cast their votes out of the expected 922 voters on the EC register.

Prossy Nabukeera, the presiding officer at the polling station attributed the low voter turn up to the lack of sensitization about local council voting.

"We have been here since morning but have only gotten three voters. This is mainly due to the little sensitization the EC carried out. If they had encouraged people to turn up, I think we would have more numbers, “she said.