Uganda opposition candidate arrested

Key opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, was arrested when he attempted to enter a house he said was manned by security agents holding boxes of illegal ballots, according to DW.

Kizza Besigye allegedly arrived at a house in Naguru and demanded access into the property after receiving information that policemen with stuffed ballot papers were inside.

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Key opposition candidate Kizza Besigye arrived at a house in Naguru and demanded access into the property

The police then arrested Besigye and took him to a local police station. A few hours later, he was escorted back to his home. Besigye has yet to release a statement in relation to the incident.

Earlier at the polling station at the Uganda Museum in Kampala, materials arrived over an hour late and voting did not commence until 9 a.m. Many voters had arrived at the museum before 7 a.m., the official starting time, but were forced to wait for over two hours.

Election observers, the media and voters were invited to witness the opening of the ballot container as per the regulations set out by the EC. The scene was much the same at Kiswa Health Center polling station, also in Kampala, where polling started one hour late.

“I am really not pleased. The materials turned up slightly late, we are still stuck because the biometric machine operators are not yet seen at the polling station and the lines keep on growing. This may cause many people not to vote,” said Robert Mukasa.

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At Kamwokya Market hundreds of people had lined up but there, too, voting did not start until 9:30. Polling officials also complained that the station was located in an open place with no protection from the sun and no water had been provided.

At one polling station in Kampala’s Bukoto district, the owner of the property refused to allow the EC access. This forced officials to shift the station to a much smaller neighboring plot.

Kampala Central MP Mohamed Nsereko stopped by the polling station at the Uganda Museum to see how voting was going. He was not happy with the late arrival of the materials but predicted that voting would continue in an organized and peaceful manner. Voting is scheduled to end at 4pm.

“This is a problem of the Electoral Commission but we hope the queues will not be too long. If the queues grow longer, people may lose their zeal to vote,” Nsereko said.

Reports from other parts of the country painted a similar picture of material arriving late and frustrated voters. Some reports said that materials still had not aarrived in some locations three hours after the official start.

“Since we delayed the start, they should extend the deadline by another hour,” said Enos Kazooba, a voter in the town of Masaka.

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