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Besigye casts vote amid teargas, protests, pre-ticked ballots


Besigye leaves his home to vote

FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, has left his home to cast his vote in Rukungiri district.

The polling station on which Besigye is voting from has been a beehive of activity since morning.

Long queues were seen as people struggled to vote in time.

He becomes the first of the eight candidates to cast his ballot.

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“This is an election we are going to win be defiance,” Besigye told journalists outside his gate.

“The significance f such a day is highly undermined by failure to have free and fair elections,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Busoga region, the only female presidential candidate, Maureen Kyalya, has also cast her ballot.

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FDC spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, reports eight ballot boxes in Nabweru with pre-ticked ballots.

Teargas and protests

Anti-riot police has already doused residents of Kyebando with morning teargas.

The residents blocked Gayaza-Kalerwe road in protest over delayed materials.

At Namuwongo Graders M-Z polling station voters stranded as electoral commission officials and materials are still missing.

There are no election materials by 11am at polling stations in Kisaasi, Bunga and Makerere University.

EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, says as long as people are in line by 4pm, they will vote.

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