Voting delays on some stations in Ruhaama bi-elections

Voting has delayed to start at several polling stations in the ongoing Ruhaama county MP by-elections despite the timely delivery of voting materials.

Our reporters witnessed delays at numerous polling stations in Rweikiniro, Ntungamo, Nyakyera and Itojo sub counties.

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Voting started at 8:30am at Kahunga polling station in Ntungamo Sub County despite the fact that the voting materials were in place by 5:30am. The presiding officer, Ronald Turyatemba attributed the delay to the late arrival of some polling officials. The story wasn’t any different at Nyakibigi primary school polling station where voting start any hour late. Other polling stations that opened late include, Karegyeya, Irenga, Mutanoga, Nyarubungo and Kyangara.

At Ruhanga boy’s primary school in Ntungamo Sub County, the voting materials arrived at 6:00am. However, both the polling officials and constables were not on site to receive the materials. A similar story was replicated in Nyakyera Sub County.

At Bituntu polling station, voting didn’t start until after 9:00am due to late arrival of candidate’s agents. Voting also started at around 9am at Kirungu, Kiziba, Nyakyera Primary school, Nyakyera sub county headquarters and Rwenyonyizi polling stations.

Crispin Kaheru, the Coordinator Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda -CCEDU told Uganda Radio Network that the delay to open polling stations may affect voting since the officials were taking a lot of time to set up polling stations.

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