Maracha NRM Candidate Unveils 3,700 Vigilantes For Polls Top story

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Lawrence Asiku, the leader of the volunteers, says they have been armed with whistles that they will use to alert members about any incidents.

Richard Angualia, the Maracha County National Resistance Movement-NRM party parliamentary candidate has recruited 3700 volunteers to guard against voter bribery ahead of the Thursday polls. Angualia flagged off the volunteers on Tuesday morning, saying they will be instrumental in fighting voter bribery and other forms of electoral malpractices.  
 
"If my opponents start bribing voters, just arrest them and confiscate the money and use it as your facilitation. Am not ready to see voters being bought like sugar or salt as their rights are abused," Angualia told the volunteers.  The volunteers are drawn from the 149 villages in Maracha County.
 
 
He says in the 2011 polls, many voters were bribed on election eve forcing them to change their decision.  Lawrence Asiku, the leader of the vigilantes, says they have been equipped with whistles that they will use to alert members about any incidents. 

Josephine Angucia, the North Western Region Police Spokesperson, asks candidates to work with Police, since it is the only one mandated to effect arrests. She however, confirms the allegations of voter bribery, but says they are finding a challenge to identify the culprits. 

Michael Arinaitwe, the Arua District Deputy Registrar, says it is the duty of Police to fight voter bribery, which is condemned in the Electoral Commission act. Angualia's rival FDC's Denis Lee Oguzu and Independent candidate, Alex Onzima, haven't commented on the deployment of the vigilantes, as they couldn't be reached by our reporter. 

Maracha County is comprised of three sub counties with 41,683 registered voters.