Election 2016: More Delays In Busoga, Rwenzori

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More delays are being reported in different parts of the country as late delivery of election materials continues to define the start to the 2016 elections.

More delays are being reported in different parts of the country as late delivery of election materials continues to define the start to the 2016 elections.  
 
Voting at most polling stations in Busoga sub region did not start until after 8am.
 
Apollo Musinguzi, Busoga Electoral Commission officer, says at most polling stations were cordoned off furniture, ballot boxes and voting materials were in place by 6am apart from the ballot papers. He says they were transported late to the districts and needed sorted before being delivered to the respective polling stations which took a lot of time.
 
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However the Biometric Voter verification kits, ballot boxes are at the sub counties ready to be transported in most places. Musinguzi confirmed that voting in the 10 districts of Busoga sub region had not started by 8am and ballot papers were still being transported to the sub counties.
 
In Jinja district, at least all the 399 polling stations had polling assistants and candidates' agents, with police who arrived by 6am. The officials were seen involved in preparations setting the polling stations. The voters arrived on time and were stranded mostly out of the polling stations with gates while others stood to wait and watch what went on.
 
The police and other security personnel are in place, deployed since mid-night and patrol cars are seen on the streets and highway, particularly in trading centres like Mafubira, Bugembe, Buwenge and Musita.
 
Mathias Kamau, a registered voter at AOET health centre Central cell polling station in Bugembe town council, was at the polling station by 6am ready to vote at 7am.
 
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Sulah Sentongo, a voter registered at Kakindu polling station in Jinja central division, says the delay could affect people who wanted to vote early and go to work.
 
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Anthony Mwaita, Jinja district returning Officer, says the ballot papers are still being sorted.
 
Gracious Araija, Kamuli district Returning Officer, also confirms voting has been delayed, but by 8am polling station officials in Kamuli municipality had begun organizing the polling stations in preparation for the voting as they waited for materials to arrive.

In Fort Portal Municipality, Kabarole district voting had not yet started by 7:40 am.

Uganda Radio Network reporter in Fort Portal visited 15 polling stations in the municipality, but voting had not yet begun. Voting materials were also not yet at the polling stations.

At Jesus Supply, Bus Park, Njara A, Kyebambe and Fort Portal library polling stations, there were more than thirty people queuing waiting to cast their vote.
 
Valley Kanzira, the Kabarole district registrar, attributed the delay to the late arrival of the voting materials. Kanzira says that the materials were expected in the district last night at 10:00pm, but were received at 3:00am.
 
According to Kanzira, the Electoral Commission had to first dispatch the voting materials to far away areas in the district.
 
In Kasese Municipality, by 7:40 am voting had started in only four polling stations, which include Rukoki, Rwenzori Square, Kasese and Kamaiba Primary Schools.

 In Kyenjojo town at 7:10am, voting had started in seven polling stations out of the ten.
 
Voting however started on time in the districts of Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kamwenge.