Low Voter Turn up in Kyaddondo East By-Elections

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Darius Mugisha, a voter said that some of the voters were tossed up and down due to lack of voter location slips and national identity cards although their names were on the register.

Several polling stations in Kyaddondo East in Wakiso district have registered a low voter turnout. By midday, more than half of the registered voters at selected polling stations visited by our reporter hadn't turned up to cast their votes.

 
At Kata Primary school in Katadde trading center, only 73 of the registered 550 voters had cast their vote by midday. At Katadde polling station only 100 of the 800 registered voters had voted by 11:30am.
 
 
However, the presiding officer was optimistic that the numbers would up after midday. Darius Mugisha, a voter said that some of the voters were tossed up and down due to lack of voter location slips and national identity cards although their names were on the register.
 
 
At St Kizito M-Z polling station only 151 of the 743 had cast their ballot by midday. The situation wasn't very much different at the neighboring St Kizito A-M polling where only 153 out of the 544 voters had voted by the same time.
 
 
At Kabubbu polling station A-N only 165 of the 518 voters had voted when our reporter visited the polling station. At the neighboring Kabubbu polling station N-Z only 150 out of 642 voters had turned up to cast their votes. 

At Ssaza county headquarters polling station only 650 people out of over 2100 voters had cast their votes by midday. At  Wampewo Yogemu primary school A-M 204 people have cast their vote out of 564 while at Yogemu primary school M-Z out of 524, 182 had cast their vote. 

At Kitagobwa primary school only 130 out of the 710 registered had voted by midday. The Presiding Officer, Veronica Nabwattu described the turn up as low compared to the previous election where more than half of the voters cast their ballot by midday.

At Kitagobwa Catholic church wing M-Z polling station only 207 out of the 896 registered voters had cast their vote. The Presiding Officer, Stella Byenkya, said they expect the number to go up, saying some voters prefer to complete their errands before they can head for voting.

 

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