EC Warns Against Violence as New Districts Vote

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EC Chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu sounded the warning during a meeting with candidates at Kakumiro Town Council hall, Sunday evening. He was in the area to oversee the dispatch of electoral materials to polling stations in the districts of Kibaale, Kakumiro and Kagadi.

The Electoral Commission has warned candidates in the newly created districts of Kagadi and Kakumiro, against organized hooliganism, as they go to the polls this morning. The districts are voting for chairpersons, councilors and the Woman Member of Parliament.


EC Chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu sounded the warning during a meeting with candidates at Kakumiro Town Council hall, Sunday evening. He was in the area to oversee the dispatch of electoral materials to polling stations in the districts of Kibaale, Kakumiro and Kagadi.

Kagadi and Kakumiro districts, curved out of Kibaale, became operational on July 1.

The race for the district leadership in Kagadi is hotly contested between Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party candidate Peter Byahangire, National Resistance Movement - NRM party candidate Stephen Byaruhanga and independent candidate Yosia Ndibwami. 


In Kakumiro, the LCV race is tight between NRM's Joseph Ssentaayi and Gerald Ssemanda Apuuli who decided to contest as an independent after rejecting results from the NRM primaries last month. There is no opposition candidate in this race.

There is no Woman MP election in Kakumiro, the district which former Kibaale Woman MP Robinah Nabbanja opted to represent. NRM's Noeline Basemera Kisembo is now battling with FDC's Lillian Kabalega to replace Nabbanja, for the Kibaale Woman MP seat.


In Kagadi, NRM's Jennifer Mbabazi is facing a challenge from FDC's Margaret Nazziwa.

Dr Kiggundu told Uganda Radio Network that all polling materials had been delivered ahead of time to the respective polling centres to ensure a smooth process. Polling started this morning at 7am at all polling centers. He says that the Electoral Commission will arrest candidate and agents who will be involved in hooliganism.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up with the deployment of Field Force Unit from Kampala according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police spokesman.

There are 121,724 registered voters in Kakumiro, 159, 485 in Kagadi and over 58,000 in Kibaale.