RIGGING IN KYADDONDO SOUTH NRM PARTY PRIMARIES


BY AHMED KATEREGA MUSAAZI

Brothers and sisters, Kyaddondo South / Makindye Ssaabagabo Municipality has held NRM party primaries on parliamentary flag bearer.The exercise was delayed with a heavy down pour in the morning . Many people could not go to the polls early so are some of the candidates agents.

This helped some people to use the chance to rig. By 9.30 am when rain stopped, half of ballot boxes at Zana polling station in Namasuba, to mention but a few, had been filled with half.
It was the same with Bertina and Zone V zones in Seguku Parish
Lat evening we had been tipped of the intended massive rigging in Namasuba Ward in Masajja Municipal Division, in Ndejje and Seguku wards in Ndejje-Seguku Division, and Busaabala Ward in Masajja Masajja Municipal Division.

We reported the matter to the Registrar Charles Tebere, who promised to take action but did not.

Instead, when our colleague Frank Kyazze complained against Ndikuttamadda Zone Registrar in Masajja Ward,, he immediately trabsigered him to Kikajjo Zone.

This morning l visited Gangu B polling station, where the paper bag had been tempered with and it was short of 157 ballot papers. My agents opposed kicking of of the exercise and l supported them. Later the Registrar brought the missing ballot papers without explaining the fate of the 157 missing. He said that it was a general fault through out the constituency.

In the actual fact, most of the paper bags had less ballot papers that those marked for them. No body could tell us where the rest was.

At Gangu C, l eye-witnessed multiple voting where the was no ink to mark those that had already voted. l and my agents protested it and voting was stopped for a while until the Registrar him self brought the ink.

At Busabala, voters were bribed in line and told whom to vote for. This was in three polling stations.

At Kikajjo, the register was short half of the voters so was at Ndikuttamadda and this was solved by the registrar late in the afternoon after numerous cries from our side.

While the Registrar had directed that voting would stop at 5.00 pm, in some polling stations , it stopped at 4.00 pm.

The exercise was characterized by a poor turn out due to numerous postponements, the last being from Monday to Tuesday, then Wednesday, and then Thursday and there was fear that it could be postponed to Friday.

The lesson to learn is that unless we have free and fair party primaries in Kyadondo South, NRM will never win the parliamentary seat, which it started loosing as early as 2001.If the exercise is not repeated, lam considering to stand on an independent ticket.l have already submitted my petition to NRM EC Chairperson.

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