At City House Polling Station, voters were already lining up by 6:45 a.m., but these did not cast their vote until after 8 a.m. due to the slow inspection of voting materials by election officers and candidate agents.
A voter bends into the basin to select his choice of President at City House Polling Station in Kampala Central Division. Photo by Olive Nakatudde
Polling at the various
election centres in Kampala started late despite an early arrival of voting materials.
Elections were scheduled to start at 7 a.m., according to guidelines issued
earlier by the Electoral Commission.
By 6:30 am, our reporters witnessed
the early arrival of voting materials at different polling stations in the city
centre under the observance of area voters, international observers, candidate
agents, election officers, and security personnel, among others.
The delays in many places were
caused by the new procedure of conducting voter education at each
polling station and integrating the COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The affected
centres include the National Theatre Polling Station, Crested Towers Polling
Station, People Plazzer Lane, City House Polling Station, Pioneer Mall Parking
and others, in the Kampala Central Business District.
At City House Polling
Station, voters were already lining up by 6:45 a.m., but these did not cast
their vote until after 8 a.m. due to the slow inspection of voting materials by
election officers and candidate agents.
The other polling
stations in Kamwokya are Community (A-L), Community M-NAM Polling station, TLC
Leisure Centre (NAL- O), KCC Primary School (MUH-Z) and TLC Leisure Centre (P-Z).
At all the centres, voters
lined up as early as 6 a.m. and waited as polling officials sorted out
materials to be used in the process. These were seen inspecting the voter register,
counting the ballots, pens and other materials dispatched to polling stations
by the Electoral Commission.
The East Africa Community
(EAC) Observer Mission headed by the former Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye
keenly followed the process from the polling station at Crested Towers. Here,
election officers cordoned off the boundaries at 7 a.m. and set up the polling
Authority on Development -IGAD Observer Mission was at National Theatre Polling
Station by 6:57 a.m. observing the arrival and setting up of voting materials.
James Kakooza, the
Chairman of Church area Kamwokya said the materials were delivered early, but
the Electoral Commission officials faced a challenge in sorting them, leading
to a delay.
At KCCA Primary School,
Emmanuel Semalulu, a voter who was at the polling station by 7 a.m. said that
although he came early, the Electoral Commission officials were slow.
another voter at Market Area Polling Station suspected poor preparation on the
side of electoral officials in handling the whole exercise.
“Some of us were here by
7 a.m. and now they are still trying to sort the materials and organizing the
polling station… this is bad,” he said, in an interview conducted moments after
Kampala Central Division
has 126 polling stations. Besides electing a president, the voters will choose
their next Member of Parliament from the four candidates contesting for the
seat. These include the incumbent Muhammad Nsereko, National Unity Platform’s
Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Cedric Babu Ndilima
and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) candidate Ronald Mukasa Ssenkubuge
The voters are also
voting for the Woman Member of Parliament.
There are about 34,684 Polling Stations in Uganda at which 18,103,603 are expected to vote.