FDC Candidate Decries Rigging Tricks as Iganga Goes to Polls

(L-R) FDC presidency hopeful Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Dr Besigye and candidate Mariam Nantale (photo: PML daily)

The hotly contested Iganga district Woman Member of Parliament race attracted five candidates, but the biggest contenders are NRM’s Brenda Asinde and the FDC candidate Mariam Nantale.

Others are Asha Babirye, Aziza Kakerewe and Oliver Kwagala all independent candidates.

It was a beehive of activities in Iganga district ahead of the by-elections where 254,450 voters are expected to cast their ballots at 382 polling stations in 16 sub-counties.

By 7:00am on Wednesday, all electoral materials were delivered by the electoral commission staff at the district headquarters under tight security.

The seat fell vacant after the death of former MP Hairat Kawuda in July.

Security has been tightened to ensure that today’s exercise goes on smoothly.

Though the campaigns were marred with violence coupled with clashes and skirmishes between the NRM and FDC supporters, Police Spokesperson for Busoga east, James Mubi says they have enough man power to deal with any eventualities.

All camps are optimistic that they will emerge winners.

Nrm Candidate Brenda Aisha Suubi Asinde casted at Buseyi Mosque polling station

Nrm Candidate Brenda Aisha Suubi Asinde casted at Buseyi Mosque polling station

FDC’s Nantale however, showed her fear, saying the massive deployments and armored vehicles across the district are aimed at intimidating voters.

On behalf of the NRM candidate, NRM district Chairman, Hajji Abubakari Walubi says there is no doubt election shall be in their favor.

Accompanied by his deputy Hajjati Aisha Lubega and other commissioners and EC staff, the EC Chairman, Justice Simon Byamukama conducted a press conference that was attended by all candidates, Police and other stakeholders.

In his speech, Byamukama said as electoral commission they are prepared to ensure it goes on smoothly.


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