Kyadondo East: Concerns Over Irregular Issuance of Voter Location Slips

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Leonard Mulekwa, the Director Operations Electoral Commission, said it was unfortunate that the voters location slips were mishandled.

The campaign managers of some of the candidates in the Kyadondo East MP by election have raised complaints of irregularities in the issuance of voter location slips.
Voter location slips are used as the first step for identifying voters at a given polling station. However, the campaign manager, say some voters are in possession of more than one voter location slips while others carry voter location slips without their names.
During the pre-polling meeting this afternoon, Paul Mwiru, the Campaign manager of FDC's Apollo Kantinti, said he had met several voters holding voter location slips that don't belong to them.

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Leonard Mulekwa, the Director Operations Electoral Commission, said it was unfortunate that the voter's location slips were mishandled.

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Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairman, said the Commission will deploy to stop any case of electoral malpractices.

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There are 93 polling stations in Kyadondo with 72,818 registered voters. Six candidates are contesting to fill the vacant Kyadondo East MP seat. 

They include the former MP and former for Democratic Change Party Candidate, Apollo Katinti, NRM's Sitenda Sebalu, Muwada Nkunyingi, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, both FDC leaning independents and  Sowedi Kayongo Male. 

The Kyadondo East parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court nullifying the victory of Kantinti over non-compliance with electoral laws, disfranchising voters and failing to secure custody of election materials. 

The ruling followed a successful petition by NRM candidate Sebalu who lost to Kantinti by a margin of 326 votes in the 2016 parliamentary race. 


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