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Voting under way in Kagoma by-election

By Vision Reporters

Added 11th May 2017 07:45 AM

As many as 101,910 voters are expected to cast their ballot.

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As many as 101,910 voters are expected to cast their ballot.

PIC: Voters line up at Nakakulwe polling station in Butagaya sub-county to cast their ballot. (Credit: Donald Kiirya)

JINJA - Voting got off to a peaceful start in Kagoma County on Thursday as locals elect their new representative in Parliament.

Voting started on time at many polling stations.

The Kagoma county seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified Moses Walyomu’s victory due to bribery issues.

In the race are NRM’s Walyomu, FDC’s Timothy Lusala Batuwa, while Alex Brandon Kintu and Mohammed Bidondole  are independents.
On Wednesday, the Electoral Commission Chairman Simon Byabakama warned everybody taking part in the exercise to be law-abiding during and after the polling process to ensure a smooth conduct and conclusion of the by-election.
Byakama also said the Commission had finalized arrangements for the Thursday by-election.

He said all election materials needed have been delivered at the county headquarters.

He said from there, they would be dispatched to sub-counties before 7.00am local time today, the official starting time for voting in all the 158 polling stations.

Byabakama said that about 101,910 voters in Kagoma are expected to cast their votes to choose from among the four candidates contesting for the vacant MP seat.

(By Charles Okalebo & Donald Kiirya)


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