Delayed delivery of voting materials, late arrival of polling officials, misplaced registers and transfer of polling stations marred the start of the Luweero district woman MP by-elections this morning.
Some of the affected polling stations visited by our reporters include Luweero Secondary School A and B, Kasana Health Center A-MP, Lumu, Muliro, Katale, St.Jude and Luweero Islamic amongst others.
Sarah Nakintu, the presiding officer Luweero Secondary A and B polling station narrowly escaped being attacked by angry voters when she turned up at 7am but declined to start the polling exercise.
Her pleas to the voters that she couldn’t start the exercise due to limited manpower fell on deaf ears as the voters accused the electoral commission of incompetence and attempts to rig the polls.
It took the intervention of polling constables to calm down the situation and protect Nakintu from the wrath of the voters.
At Kasaawe polling stations in Wobulenzi town council, Abdul Naduli, the Luweero LC V chairperson fled for dear life after opposition agents and their supporters threatened to attack him for campaigning at the polling station in breach of the Electoral laws.
Tempers flared at Lumu and Muliro polling stations in Luweero town council as candidate’s agents, voters and polling assistants clashed over the missing voter’s register. Paul Mukungu and Bwanika Bbale are voters at the two polling stations.
Latif Ssebagala, the Kawempe North MP who is monitoring the polls on behalf of Brenda Nabukenya , the opposition candidate says the challenges are an indicator that electoral commission is incompetent to conduct free and fair Elections.
But Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson denies any mishaps saying voting had started at the majority of the polling stations he had visited.
Four candidates are vying to fill up the vacant Luweero district woman MP. They are Brenda Nabukenya, NRM’s Rebecca Balwana Nalwanga and two independents Ramla Kadala and Farida Namubiru.
The seat fell vacant after the appellate Court ruled on that the process which took Nabukenya to parliament saying it was none compliant with the law.