The electoral commission has released a statement acknowledging delays in delivering of voting materials in Wakiso and Kampala.
“10:30am: Today, 18th February 2016, is polling day for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Polling has started on time, in various parts of the country, and polling stations have reported a smooth start,” the commission said in a statement.
“However, there has been a delay in delivery of polling materials in some parts of Wakiso District and Kampala Capital City.”
“The Electoral Commission regrets the delay.”
The commission said the polling materials have now been delivered to all these places and polling has commenced in most of the places.
“The Electoral Commission calls on candidates, their agents and supporters, to be calm and tolerant as always during the polling process.”
“The Commission further assures all voters who have presented themselves to vote, that they will be able to do so, until the last voter, as long as they are in the line by 4:00pm.”
In Kyebando, a Kampala suburb, police doused residents with teargas earlier in the morning.
The residents had blocked Gayaza-Kalerwe road protesting delays of election materials.
In Entebbe, presiding officers boycotted the process striking against non-payment by the electoral commission.
In Nansana, a Kampala suburb, people are holding a peaceful demonstration against delays.
By mid-day, the election materials had not yet reached Nansana.
In Mulago, people are threatening to march to EC offices along Jinja road to express their dissatisfaction.
In Nakisozi, Wakiso district, a riot is looming over delayed materials.
Meanwhile, Luzira Upper Prison ballots were delivered to Bungokho South polling station in Mbale about 230km away.
Former Daily Monitor Editor, Daniel Kalinaki has this to say: “You can accuse Uganda electoral commission of many things but it would be grossly unfair to accuse them of competence.”