Heavy security deployment ahead of Buhweju polls
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 11:07
Buhweju- There was heavy deployment of security personnel in Buhweju last evening as the residents prepared to
cast their vote today in a by-election for the district woman MP.
Police patrolled villages on foot and vehicles.
The race is between Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Ms Jane Friday Bwiruka and Ms Oliver Koyekyenga
The seat fell vacant after the death Ms Joy Kariisa (NRM) on September 8.
Ms Alison Byamukama, an independent NRM leaning candidate, pulled out of the race last week after she was
promised a government job.
The district Registrar, Mr Ponsiano Kasenene, said there are 44118 voters expected to cast vote from 120
polling stations spread in 37 parishes in eight sub-counties.
He said election materials have already been dispatched to all sub-counties except Nskiika Town Council where
they will be availed in the morning because it is near the EC offices.
“Everything is going on well, we have already dispatched voting materials to all sub counties,” Mr Kasenene
said last evening.
He, however, said he had not received any of the election observers who were accredited at EC head office in
Mr Francis Mwijuke, FDC youth leader who hails from the area, said they are predicting vote rigging because
some of their accredited monitors were being blocked by security from accessing the area.
“We don’t know what they are after. Very important people from our party are being blocked from entering
Buhweju. There is too much security deployment and local people are uneasy,” Mr Mwijukye said.
Greater Bushenyi Region Police Commander Hilary Kulayigye could not be reached on phone to comment on the heavy
police deployment and alleged blocking of the opposition monitors. Repeated phone calls could not go through.
But Mr Kasenene said: “It is true there is heavy security deployment to provide the necessary security but they
will not interfere with the exercise.”