Butaleja Poll: Police Warn Against “Youth Brigades”


try geneva;”>The Director in charge of operations at Police, buy Grace Turyagumanawe, says security personnel have been beefed up in the entire district to maintain law and order at 151 polling stations.

“All stakeholders need to be law abiding before during and after the polling process. The Electoral Commission will work with police and all stakeholders to ensure peaceful, free and fair election,” said Turyagumanawe.

“What we shall not allow are vigilantes under the so-called ‘Youth Brigades.’ Only Police and candidates’ agents are expected at Polling Stations,” warned Turyagumanawe.

“All aggrieved parties are urged to report to police authorities who shall address their issues of concern.”

The Police official made the remarks during a joint press conference with the Electoral Commission (EC) on Thursday in Kampala.

Police have in the past by-election clashed with opposition supporters over cases of rigging, multiple voting and ballot stuffing.

The Butaleja district Woman MP Seat fell vacant following the sudden demise of MP Cerinah Nebanda in December 2012.

At least five candidates are seeking to replace the deceased.

They are NRM’s Florence Andiru Nebanda, Betty Hamba (Independent), Felista Namwihiri (FDC) and Perusi Munaba (Independent) and Sarah Annet Logose (Independent).

Addressing the media, EC boss Badru Kiggundu said the number of voters who registered after displaypolling register are 89,841.

He said campaigns will end on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Kiggundu hailed candidates for holding campaigns he described as “largely peaceful,” adding, “In order to avoid congestion at polling stations, each participating party/candidate is advised to appoint only two agents per polling station.”

Agents are required to present their appointment letters from respective political parties.

The commission has established a query/complaint desk, which will be based at Butaleja District Boardroom.

“Stake holders with genuine concerns are urged to make use of this facility on polling day from 7:00am to5:00pm,” said Kiggundu.

The commission has also gazette Butaleja District Health Boardroom, as the venue for tallying and declaration of election results.

“The media personal will also be required to present their valid identifications in order to access polling stations and centers. The commission urges the people of Butaleja district to turn up early, in large numbers and exercise their right to elect their leaders,” said Kiggundu.

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