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Police averts chaos in Makindye

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th February 2011 03:00 AM

THERE was a high turn up of voters in Makindye Division in Kampala district, although some polling stations did not have voting materials up to around 10:30 am.

Makindye division

THERE was a high turn up of voters in Makindye Division in Kampala district, although some polling stations did not have voting materials up to around 10:30 am.
The delay in the delivery of voting materials led to some chaos, but with the intervention of presiding officers and the Police, calm was restored.

Affected areas in Makindye Division included Jack and Jill Nursery and Primary School and Kisaawe-Kabalagala.

Voters at each of the two polling stations, whose surnames begin with A to M, did not have their voting materials ready, save for the Electoral Commission registers.

Close to about 2,500 voters were affected at both polling stations.
It is only voters with surnames beginning with letters N to Z, whose voting materials arrived on time at both stations.

Both polling stations, according to officials, have in the past had a combined register, unlike this time.
At Jack and Jill, the situation almost went out control, until the Police calmed the frustrated voters.

The Kabalagala Division Police commander, Wesley Nganinzi, quickly stepped in and restored calm. He told Saturday Vision that he had briefed his superiors about the issue and he expected the delivery of the voting materials shortly.

By 11:00am, the stranded voters at Kisaawe-Kabalagala had been supplied with their voting materials. The separation of the registers also caused a one hour delay at some of the polling stations, located at Molly and Paul in Makindye. Voters were undecided on which queues to join; but the issue was later resolved.

At most of the polling stations Saturday Vision visited in Makindye, voting had kicked off well. Most of the polling stations started voting at about 8:00am and by 11:00am, the queues were so long.

The majority of the polling stations had one or two unarmed Police constables.

Rubaga division

In Rubaga South, at Rubaga Boys Primary School, registered voters who are eligible, turned out early to vote.

Among the voters, was Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, Kampala Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, priests and nuns.

At this polling station voting started at 9:35am instead of 7am.

Although voters arrived on time, the exercise started a little late.
The presiding officer, Shakira Nalweyiso, said that were waiting for items to be delivered from the Rubaga police station, where they were kept.

They were only picked from there at 8:45am.

At Wankulukuku, the incumbent, John Ken Lukyamuzi, who is seeking a second term in parliament, voted at 10:30am.

At St. Jude polling station in Najjanankumbi along Entebbe Road, voters arrived at 6:00am but exercise started at 7:15am.

Police averts chaos in Makindye

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