The people of Hoima district woke up today to cast their ballots for a suitable candidate to replace Kadiri Kirungi, their former LCV chairman, who died in a road crash on March 17th at Mataagi village in Kiboga district along the Kampala-Hoima highway.
Uncoveredug.com understands that the election exercise is currently underway despite the early morning downpour that slowed down the activity for a couple of hours.
A heavy morning downpour has disrupted the voting exercise in the Hoima District LCV by-election. PHOTO/Courtesy
The race has drawn five candidates, including Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Patrick Musinguzi, National Unity Platform’s (NUP’s) Moses Aguuda, and the ruling National Resistance Movement’s (NRM’s) Uthman Mugisha. Other independent candidates are Vincent Muhumuza and Lenos Mugume.
However, Hoima District has a total of 94,825 voters, with slightly more females than males. Additionally, there are 173 polling stations in the two sub-counties of Bugahya and Kigorobya that make up Hoima district.
According to Crispin Kaheru, the Commissioner of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, polls opened at 7 a.m. at some polling stations. He says a number of polling stations were relocated from outdoor venues to enclosed facilities such as classrooms, churches, and other buildings due to the rain.
“There is a visible presence of security personnel across the district. So far, the role of security personnel has been limited to patrolling and keeping law and order in designated electoral areas. There are queues of between 10 and 15 people at most polling stations located in trading centers and townships. The queues are much shorter at polling stations in rural areas,” Kaheru said in a statement.
In conclusion, Kaheru’s observation indicates that there are queues of between 10 and 15 people at most polling stations located in trading centers, while those in rural areas are shorter.
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