Despite of the day being declared a public holiday, participation and voter turn up has been so slow and very low.
There has been a low turn up for the local council elections at most of the polling stations around Kampala, and other parts of the country.
Voters in Lira district have boycotted Local Council elections protesting what they called continuous arrest and detention of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye who lost to President Yoweri Museveni in the February 18 elections.
Dr Besigye has been arrested five times just in eight days with the latest being yesterday (Tuesday) when he was picked from his home by police and detained at Kasangati police station in Wakiso district on claims of preventive arrest. He was however, delivered to his home this (Wednesday) morning.
Election officials from Lira told the media that most voters from over 300 polling stations across the district had shunned the elections, accusing the state of unlawfully arresting Dr Besigye.
Voter turn up was very low as compared to the February 18 presidential elections where the polling agents were overwhelmed with the number. As observed, Electoral Commission (EC) polling officials were tis time seen sitting idle.
In most parts of the country where voter turn up was also low, electorate said they were demoralized after their presidential candidates lost the elections which saw EC chairman Badru Kiggundu declared Museveni as winner with 60.75 per cent of the votes cast.
They expressed fears that their votes won’t change anything given the results declared in last week’s presidential polls. When our reporter asked around people only commented that,
“We cannot keep on wasting our time voting yet in the end only the one desired by government will be chosen.”
A presiding officer at Nkumba Secondary School playgrounds says, “We have received 80 voters only since morning.”
This sort of response comes from the post presidential elections since most people did not agree with the results as announced by Electoral Commission (EC).
Kazibwe Daniel the NRM flag bearer for the Kampala mayoral position also known as Ragga Dee was seen casting his vote amidst the complaints of delayed polling material again.
Erias Lukwago of the opposition party FDC was also seen voting.
Voters on the other hand refuse to vote some adding that not when the people the vote into power only end up in police cell.
As of now, vote counting already started as early as 4pm at most polling stations.