More than 1000 delegates of the Democratic Party have started casting their votes in the long awaited elections of their National leaders during the ongoing delegate’s conference.
Last evening, the elections hit a snag after organisers realised they do not have enough ballot boxes to conduct the elections.
The DP national delegates’ conference organisers had reportedly requested for 50 ballot boxes from the national Electoral Commission (EC).
EC handed over 15 ballot boxes.
John Baptist Kawanga, the National Vice Chairperson, says the 15 ballot boxes were not enough to conduct elections for all the party positions being contested for.
Kawanga says the lack of ballot boxes almost forced the party to postpone the elections until more ballot boxes were secured.
However, the Electoral Commission added 35 more ballot boxes allowing the voting exercise to commence.
The exercise that started at 2:00 am was launched by Norbert Mao the incumbent President of the party who is also seeking re-election followed by Dr. Michael Bayiga Lulume his opponent.
The National party Chairperson Mohamed Kezaala who is nominated for the post unopposed also voted for the aspiring candidates.
John Baptist Kawanga, the presiding officer of the elections says the exercise started late because after the aspiring candidates moved to meet the delegates region by region the delegates asked them to address them again that is why the exercise also delayed.