Crowds Overwhelm Election Officials in Kawempe Top story

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Mary Namugembe, a voter at Serina Nursery School polling station in Kanyanya, Kyebando Parish, told URN that the polling agents seem not to be sure of what they are doing.

Polling officials are struggling to control huge numbers of voters seeking to cast their vote in Kawempe division in Kampala as the deadline for the polling exercise closes in.
 
The voters waited for more than five hours to cast their vote following the late delivery of voting materials at various polling stations in the division.

Many have voters braced the heat to make sure they vote for their preferred candidates before the close of the voting exercise.  Polling constables were seen struggling to control the crowds that kept on surging each passing minute.
 
Mary Namugembe, a voter at Serina Nursery School polling station in Kanyanya, Kyebando Parish, told URN that the polling agents seem not to be sure of what they are doing. 
 
 
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The problem was worsened by polling officials who lack skills in using the biometric kits, while other struggled to read the names of voters on the register. Each polling station only has one biometric machine. The second kit is reserved for emergency, just in case the first fails to work.
 
Godfrey Musisi, an agent for Suleiman Kidandala, a contestant for the Kawempe North Parliamentary Seat, says when the voting materials arrived at about 11:30am, the polling agents didn't know how to use the kits.
 
He says from the way the officials were handling the biometric machine, all was clear that the voters were headed for more frustrations. Musisi says with the huge numbers of voter turning up to cast their vote, it remains to be seen how the process will end.

Josephine Nabakooza, a voter at Kanyanya Police Station Polling center, says the Electoral Commission should have done better than only giving out one biometric machine. She says after the delays, the rest of the processes should have been smooth.
 
She says the machine takes long to scan photos, further delaying the voting process. Michael Vincent, a strong supporter of Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate in Kanyanya, says whether the voting goes past midnight, they are determined to wait and cast their votes.

He says the huge turn up of voters is a clear indication that people want change. Electoral Commission is facing strong criticism for the way they have handled the elections.

 

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