Mukono- Chaos broke out at Mukono District headquarters on Friday during the district youth elections after a group of youth attempted to lynch the returning officer accusing her of using ‘a fake’ register.
This prompted police and military personnel to intervene by firing bullets in air to disperse the enraged youth who had started pulling Ms Sarah Kalyowa’s dress and pushing her.
It all started after the Electoral Commission brought the first register, which was expected to have 720 registered voters, but had only 400 names. The youth were electing their representatives to the municipal council.
One of the youth, Mr Moses Kiwanuka, said when he arrived at the polling venue to vote, his name was missing on the register.
“Some of the people whose names appeared on the register appeared to have already voted, but when I checked for my name, it was missing. I complained. I realised that most of the voters were missing,” Mr Kiwanuka said.
He said Ms Kalyowa brought another register which had 720 voters, but it also appeared manipulated with photos of the voters missing which annoyed the youth who started pulling her and tasking her to explain why she was using two different registers.
Ms Kalyowa cancelled the elections indefinitely, pending guidance from her superiors at the EC and acquisition of an acceptable register.
However, the youth became more unruly and started kicking ballot boxes and attempted to burn them, but police and army saved the situation.
Some youth and Ms Kalyowa were arrested and taken to Mukono Police Station.
Police also picked ballot papers which had been scattered during the scuffle and took them to the station.
“We are yet to establish the truth of the matter and we have arrested some youth ring leaders to help us with investigations,” the district police commander, Mr Fred Ahimbisibwe, said.