Confusion Ushers In Luweero Woman MP By-Elections

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Sarah Nakintu, the presiding officer Luweero Secondary A and B polling station narrowly escaped being attacked by angry voters when she turned up at 7am but declined to start the polling exercise.

Delayed delivery of voting materials, late arrival of polling officials, misplaced registers and transfer of polling stations marred the start of the Luweero district woman MP by-elections this morning. Some of the affected polling stations visited by URN include Luweero Secondary School A and B, Kasana Health Center A-MP, Lumu, Muliro, Katale, St.Jude and Luweero Islamic amongst others.

Sarah Nakintu, the presiding officer Luweero Secondary A and B polling station narrowly escaped being attacked by angry voters when she turned up at 7am but declined to start the polling exercise.
Her pleas to the voters that she couldn't start the exercise due to limited manpower fell on deaf ears as the voters accused the electoral commission of incompetence and attempts to rig the polls.

It took the intervention of polling constables to calm down the situation and protect Nakintu from the wrath of the voters. At Kasaawe polling stations in Wobulenzi town council, Abdul Naduli, the Luweero LC V chairperson fled for dear life after opposition agents and their supporters threatened to attack him for campaigning at the polling station in breach of the Electoral laws.

Tempers flared at Lumu and Muliro polling stations in Luweero town council as candidate's agents, voters and polling assistants clashed over the missing voter’s register. Paul Mukungu and Bwanika Bbale are voters at the two polling stations.

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Latif Ssebagala, the Kawempe North MP who is monitoring the polls on behalf of Brenda Nabukenya , the opposition candidate says the challenges are an indicator that electoral commission is incompetent to conduct free and fair Elections.

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But Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson denies any mishaps saying voting had started at the majority of the polling stations he had visited. Four candidates are vying to fill up the vacant Luweero district woman MP. They are Brenda Nabukenya, NRM’s Rebecca Balwana Nalwanga and two independents Ramla Kadala and Farida Namubiru.

The seat fell vacant after the appellate Court ruled on that the process which took Nabukenya to parliament saying it was none compliant with the law.

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.