Army rushes to Masaka, surrounds tally centre


Police joined by military surround Masaka district tallying centre [Photo credit: Sadab Kitatta]

Tensions are mounting in Masaka district as residents accuse the electoral commission of plotting to alter results.

Police, military police and regular army men have deployed heavily outside the district tally centre.

The EC officials have delayed to declare results planting fears in the voters of a possible foul play.

Residents have now mounted pressure on the Masaka district returning officer, Nathan Nabaasa, to declare the results on face their wrath.

“We suspect they plan to overturn outcomes of the elections,” an aggrieved voter pointed out.

EC officials claim that systems have slowed down delaying the tallying process.

Opposition supporters have resolved to lay camp outside the tally centre until the results are released.


Opposition supporters camping outside the tally centre in Masaka [Photo credit: Sadab Kitatta]

Babirye Kabanda has already won the Masaka district Woman MP seat, Florence Namayanja took the Bukoto East seat while Mathias Mpuuga is the overall winner of Masaka municipality MP seat.

Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, is the only NRM candidate to survive at the Masaka district tally centre.

In Sembabule, tallying of votes has been suspended after results came in from 6 polling stations where people did not vote yesterday.

EC postponed elections for directly elected MP for Mawogola South after the ballot papers were found to be defective.

There was a mix-up of the party symbols printed against the candidates’ photos.

Besides the photo of NRM candidate Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa was a hoe (DP symbol) instead of the bus while DP’s Vincent Sserwanga Wakibi instead had the bus symbol.

The race has five candidates, Baker Mukasa (FDC), Vincent Kimbugwe (Independent) and Sulait Mulumba (Independent).

Meanwhile, in Lwemiyaga county, Theodore Ssekikubo, is leading with 9,273 votes [52.7%], followed by Patrick Nkalubo with 8,074 votes [45.9%] and Wilber Nahwera trailing with 157 votes [0.28%].

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