FDC Supporters Miss Out On Voting

1946 Views Kasese, Uganda

In short
As a result, the angry FDC members decided to storm the office of the District registrar located on Alexander Street in Kasese town to demand an explanation why they were not on the register but were chased away by police.

More than 50 Forum for Democratic Change supporters in Kasese district have missed voting because their names are not on the register. As a result, the angry FDC members decided to storm the office of the District registrar located on Alexander Street in Kasese town to demand an explanation why they were not on the register but were chased away by police.
 
They then camped at the offices of the FDC party candidate Winnie Kizza requesting for help from the party officials. Some of the supporters were carrying placards with the words ‘My vote counts, my name is not on the register.  The voters were from the five constituencies of the district.  

Robert Masereka, who was supposed to vote at Ruwenzori square polling station in Kasese Municipality, says that he is surprised his name wasn’t on the register and yet he voted in last year’s general elections. Masereka says that they have tried to seek explanations from the district registrar, Vally Kankazi, but they have been ignored.   

//Cue in: “we haven’t found our names…”

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Moses Mwesige, a trader in Kasese market says that during the voter’ register update exercise, his name was on the register, but he is surprised that he was turned away when he went to cast his vote at Nyakasanga Playground polling station.

Mugisha Muntu, the chief campaign agent of Winnie Kizza who is camped at Bwera told URN on phone that the names of FDC supporter were deliberately scrapped from the register so that their candidate loses the elections. He says that a similar incident happened at Bwera trading centre polling station, where twenty FDC supporters were missing on the register and yet they voted in last year’s elections.

Vally Kankazi, the Kasese district registrar refused to comment on the matter saying that he was busy attending to urgent matters.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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