Masaka, Soroti, Moroto Record Low Voter Turn Up

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Out of 875 voters at Nakapelimen Primary School polling station, slightly over 80 had cast their votes by midday. Josephine Jaikol, a Presiding Officer at the station says that the station even failed to get the five witnesses required to witness the opening of ballot boxes before poling starts.

Polling stations in Moroto Municipality were deserted in the larger part of the day as voters shunned the ongoing elections of chairpersons and directly elected councilors in the municipality.

A visit by Uganda Radio Network to several polling centres found most election officials idle, playing with their phones and others laying on desks with stretched legs.

Out of 875 voters at Nakapelimen Primary School polling station, slightly over 80 had cast their votes by midday.  Josephine Jaikol, a Presiding Officer at the station says that the station even failed to get the five witnesses required to witness the opening of ballot boxes before poling starts.

Only polling officials and policemen were present by the time polling started.

At Lia and Moroto High School polling centres among others, the stations remained virtually empty.

Jackson Angella, a resident of Natumukasikou cell attributes the low turn on polling fatigue saying the extended voting pattern is affecting the polling process.

He explains that voters have personal issues to attend to adding that as the process continue till March 9, we are likely to see abandoned polling stations.

In the nearby, Labour line polling station only 200 voters had voted by 1.00 pm at a centre that has 700 registered voters.

Caroline Napeyok, the presiding officer says she expected huge numbers for these lower council elections but remained worried given the few hours remaining to the end of the exercise.

In Masaka, Candidates were forced to move from door to door to persuade traders to vote.
By 10am, no polling station had registered 20 voters in the area according to Mariam Tusiime, one of the Mayoral candidates. She says she has moved to all the polling stations around the municipality and found out that the turn up is extremely poor.

George William Kalumba, the National Resistance Movement party mayoral candidate was also providing transport to voters to move to their respective polling stations.

Uganda Radio Network found Pater Sande Matesasira, a candidate in Katwe-Butego division councilor's race pleading with traders along Elgin Street to go vote.

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Godfrey Kayemba, the Incumbent Masaka Mayor says people are not aware that local government leaders are the actual service providers.
 
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 Meanwhile, candidates in Soroti Municipality are ferrying voters from their homes to polling stations in a desperate move to increase voter turn up.

Motorcycles and vehicles are moving through the suburbs of Campswahili, Nakatunya, Kichijaji, Madera and Pioneer wards to mobilize and deliver voters to their respective polling stations.

URN sampled 16 polling stations today where only 676 voters had cast their votes against over 27,661 registered voters in Soroti municipality.