UPDF arrests 3 rigging votes for minister Nyira


State Minister for Agriculture Zirubaberi Nyira Mijumbi (L)

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party ballot papers for Mitooma district and Ntungamo districts were found in Masindi district and Kiryandongo district, something that caused confusion among polling officials and voters.

The ballot papers for Mitooma district ended up at a polling station at Nyabinyira cell, Kigulya division in Masindi municipality while that of Ntungamo district were found at Apodorwa village, Kigumba Sub County in Kiryandongo district.

Speaking to our reporter, the NRM party district registrar for Kiryandongo, Shaban Byenkya confirmed that he was possessing ballot papers for Ntungamo district though he could not tell the exact number.

He said the ballot papers were picked from Kanagira polling station in Kigumba sub county.

He attributed misallocation of the ballots to wrong packing by NRM electoral commission officials in Luzira where there store for electoral materials is.

The registrar said that they had to look for polling stations that had excess ballots and took them to Kanagira polling station to enable residents vote.

Byenkya said that much as the voting exercise was peaceful through out the whole district, over 20 villages never voted due to mismatch of ballot papers released by the Electoral Commission (EC) adding that in several instances,  the number of ballots were fewer that the number of voters.

Kankya Livingstone, a resident of Kinyara 1 in Kigumba Sub County in Kiryandongo district said that people at their polling station refused to vote because only 588 ballot papers for the post of Woman Member of Parliament were received out of 743 voters who were registered.

Byenkya disclosed that over 20 villages that never voted will have to vote at a later date because the number of those who have not yet voted is substantial to change the results of the candidates most especially those who are leading and their first runners up.

In Masindi district, Godfrey Mugisa, the district NRM party registrar confirmed that they received ballot papers for the whole polling station that were meant for Mitooma district but he could not tell the number.

He explained they improvised exercise books after the candidates reached a consensus.

Mugisa disclosed that around four villages never voted in the whole district.

However;,sources from Byebega village, Bwijanga Sub County in Masindi district say residents refused to vote because out of 496 registered voters, the EC only released 94 ballot papers.

In some areas, elections were marred with irregularities and at Zebra Cell, Karujubu division in Masindi municipality.

A lady identified as Sunday Rose was arrested with over 10 pre-ticked ballot papers in favour of Ernest Kiiza, the incumbent MP who doubles as the state minister for Bunyoro affairs.

At Masindi public primary school, the presiding officer prolonged voting up to 5:00pm much as the district registrar categorically stated over the radio that voting would end at 4:00pm.

At Nyangahya county headquarters, voting went up to 6:00pm and by 5:30pm, over 100 people were on the queue most especially students from Jordan Pride SS and Nyamigisa Girls’ SS with most voters reasoning that, the exercise at their polling station began at 2:30pm.

Meanwhile, Jafari Sekuru, a supervisor for Kyakemese parish, Pakanyi Sub County in Masindi district was arrested at midnight by a team of UPDF and police officers lead by one Major Kosmas attached to Masindi artillery division together with a presiding officer at Kisindizi II polling station, James Odonga and Agaaba James a resident of Kyakamese village.

They were found forging results in favour of the incumbent MP for Buruli county, Prof. Zerubaberi Mijumbi Nyira, who is also the state minister for fisheries.

An eye witness identified as Lawrence Musige told our reporter the security personnel arrested the trio at Pakanyi sub county headquarters with empty declaration forms signed by agents and by press time, they were at Masindi central police station.

Denis Isingoma, the NRM district registrar for Buliisa said over 27 villages did not vote because of mismatch of the number of ballot papers that were issued vis-à-vis the number of voters in the registers.

Sources indicates that, in the whole of Butiaba sub county in Buliisa district, all people never voted whereas in Bugoigo parish in the same sub county, ballot papers were burnt by irritated NRM members.

They were angered by the fact that the numbers of ballots was not corresponding with the number of the names of voters in the register.


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