Voting delays as Electoral Commission apologises

He attributed the delays mainly in Kampala and Wakiso districts to their transporters who failed to pick the materials from the EC's stores on time.

Thursday February 18 2016

Wabigalo residents, in Makindye Division wait for p

Wabigalo residents, in Makindye Division wait for polling materials. The materials were not delivered at the polling station by 10 am. Photo by Jacqueline Laker.  

By Monitor team

Nationwide: By 8 am, most of the polling stations in South division of Fort Portal municipality in Kabarole district voting had already commenced.

So far voting is going on peacefully and at every polling station there is security deployment. Most shops in town are closed. At Nyaburara polling station, the turn up is good and voting commenced at 7:15 am. They received 700 ballot papers both presidential and parliamentary but the number of registered voters is 687.

Link Bus Park polling station also received 450 ballot papers with the number of registered voters at 426. Voting commenced at 7:25am.

In Hoima, long queues have been seen at various polling stations. The usually busy Hoima town is quiet with most businesses  closed.

There are also very few vehicles moving. The office of the district returning officer, located in Kijungu suburb of Hoima town is being guarded by police but it is accessible by members of the public who want services.

Meanwhile in Masindi, voting has delayed in some parts of the district due to late delivery of polling materials.

By 8:40 am, no single material had been delivered in Pakanyi and Kimengo sub counties.

The Masindi district vice chairperson Mr Melekizedek Kanaginagi Ateenyi wants the electoral commission to compensate the time lost by extending the voting hours beyond the official closing time of 4pm.

“We shall not just look on when we are being denied our voting right,” he said.

The delays prompted the Electoral Commission boss Eng. Badru Kiggundu to apologise.

"We appeal to Ugandans who have been inconvenienced to remain patients and tolerant. All those who will be at the polling station by 4 pm will vote," he said.

He attributed the delays mainly in Kampala and Wakiso districts to their transporters who failed to pick the materials from the EC's stores on time.

One of the candidates for a Member of Parliament for Buruli county Stephen Kabindi said that he had not cast his vote at Nyinezara polling centre in Kijunjubwa Parish, Kimengo Sub County because the voting materials had not been delivered.

“It’s now 8.30 am and there is no sign to show that voting is going to start. I blame the electoral commission for this mess,” he said.

However, the Masindi district returning officer Mr Ibrahim Kizindo attributed the problem to delayed delivery of some voting materials from Kampala.

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