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Gunshots as polling officials strike over pay


People line up to vote in Rukungiri


Polling officials in the ongoing Ugandan elections have staged a strike over non-payment.

In Entebbe, polling officials resolved to quit the activity until they are paid.

Now voters have volunteered to assist the remaining few presiding officers who turned up.

Last evening, 170 polling officials in River Oli Division in Arua district threatened to boycott work unless Electoral Commission increases their allowances.

They include polling assistants and presiding officers.

Geoffrey Drani, one of the affected presiding officers, told URN during their recruitment Electoral Commission promised to pay presiding officers Shillings 60,000 and 40,000 for polling assistants.

He however, says they were shocked yesterday to receive appointment letters showing that they will receive Shillings 20, 000 each day.


According to Drani, as a result, they have declined to sign the appointment letters until Electoral Commission increases the money.

At Kiwafu Primary School, presiding officers and other polling officials ddint turn up because of little pay.

Gunshots in Rukungiri

In Rukungiri, gunshots were reported in Rukungiri district.

NTV journalist Sudhir Byaruhanga, reports hearing two gun shots ring out in Rukungiri town before his social media platforms were shutdown.

A commotion later broke out at Kindergarten polling station in Rukungiri district.

The Joint Operation Command-JOC recommended the deployment of 150,000 security personnel to man security in the country for two weeks during and after the General elections.


Police delivering materials

According to Uganda Radio Network, the security personnel will include 48,000 police officers, more than 30,000 military police officers, 33,000 Uganda People’s Defense Forces personnel, 150 officers from the Special Operations Unit and 12,000 prison officers.

The remaining 50,000 personnel will be drawn from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) as well as Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT) and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Asan Kasingye, the Chairman of the Police Communication Task team, says the 150,000 security personal dont include polling constables.

No ballots in some areas by 10:00am

In most polling stations in Kampala, voters had to wait for several hours before materials could arrive.

The most affected were Luwafu, Namungoona and Kayunga polling station in Wakiso district.

The electoral commission says polling stations throughout the country will be open till late evening.

“We urge patience and calm especially in areas where voting has slightly delayed,” the commission said in a tweet.

“Please remain peaceful after casting your ballots.”


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