Election 2016

Kiggundu: No Extension of Voting in Uganda

EC Chairman Badru Kiggundu

Sara John, search store http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-content/plugins/user-access-manager/tpl/bulkeditform.php a mother of four fled her home town of Malakal in 2014 after her husband was killed during an attack in her village.

Sara came to juba to seek for safety, http://closdescapucins.fr/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/settings.php but life turned hard for her as she was made to survive on handouts from friends and relatives.

After realizing that life was becoming more difficult t for her four children just to survive on donations, http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsimporter_fileimporter.php Sara relocated to Mahad Internally Displaced Persons  (IDPs) camp,  where thousands of South Sudanese live after fleeing violence in their homes.

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The Mahad IDP camp, located next to juba’s largest Market Konyo-Konyo is home to over nine thousand displaced persons, majority of whom Children and Women living in congested makeshift tents.

Sara says two years after arriving to the camp; she has been eagerly waiting to one day return home and rebuild her wrecked house.

“This peace they are talking about should be real, not just by mouth,’’ she said in Arabic.

“It should come. People like me are very tired. And even other people are suffering because of the conflict.,”

But she says with the peace only in papers, she will never leave the camp unless peace prevails and Vice president Riek Machar comes home.

“If peace comes now and we see that Riek Machar comes to Juba, I won’t be waiting for the United Nations. I will just park my belongings and go home. Everyone will be happy,” she Said.

Sara added: “I will go home whether there is a house to stay in or not, but I will be happy when there is peace, no gunshots and no disturbances by armed people. I will live even if under a tree, God will help me.”

Two years of bitter conflict in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Rebel leader Riek Machar Teny forcibly displaced over 1.6 million people within the country and into neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.

A peace agreement signed last year between the rival factions of South Sudan ignited hopes that peace would return to Africa’s youngest nation, but delays in implementing the pact has forced IDPs to continue staying in UN bases and IDP camps across the country.

President Salva Kiir last week appointed Dr. Riek as his first Deputy, a requirement of the August peace deal, but doubts continue to linger in people’s minds on whether the opposition leader will soon return to Juba to form a Unity Government with Kiir.

Tiredness

50 -year old Mary Nyandit, a mother of seven who also lost her husband in Bor during the onset of the 2013 conflict says she is tired of suffering in the IDP camp.

Nyandit calls on the leaders in South Sudan to bring peace to enable displaced persons go home.

“We civilians living in this camp do not want anything other than peace, if we hear about peace, we are very happy. Government has to listen to us .we are civilians, we just need peace. You find every person living in this camp want peace, not anything else,” Nyandit said.

Mayen Kur, the Camp leader of Mahad IDP Camp says no IDP will leave the camp if the peace partners do not form a government that includes President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar.

“What brought us here is the rebellion of Riek Machar. If we don’t see Dr Riek sitting in his office in Juba, I’m not going to my home,” Kur said.

“Until the President of the Republic (Salva Kiir) settle his differences with Dr. Riek and they form a government for civilians to see that our brothers who fought are now reunited, no one will leave. Our children are feeding on sorghum here; yet in the village they don’t eat this food, they drink milk.  Our message is that if Dr. Riek comes to Juba, no one will be left in this camp,’’ Kur stressed.

President Kiir last week gave Dr. Riek seven days ultimatum (until Friday) to return to South Sudan after his appointment as first Vice President.

But delays in the relocation of troops from Juba and a row over transportation of Dr Riek’s bodyguards to Juba has stalled the progress for the formation of the Unity Government, a development that may greatly hamper the resettling of IDPs to their respective homes.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has regretted the delay in delivering voting materials to different parts of the country, link http://clockdodgers.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skin.php specifically Kampala and Wakiso.

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There were cases of mixing up Voter Verification Biometric Machines but officials said the issue has been addressed.

“Today, 18th February 2016, is polling day for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Polling has started on time, in various parts of the country, and polling stations have reported a smooth start,” the EC said in a statement.

“However, there has been a delay in delivery of polling materials in some parts of Wakiso District and Kampala Capital City. The Electoral Commission regrets the delay.”

The electoral body, which has been slammed by Ugandans on social media platforms, said “polling materials have now been delivered to all these places and polling has commenced in most of the places.”

Makindye, Muyenga, Ntinda and Nsambya were some of the affected suburbs.

“The Electoral Commission calls on candidates, their agents and supporters, to be calm and tolerant as always during the polling process,” the statement adds.

On whether the EC will add more time for voting given the delays in the voting exercise, the Commission’s boss, Eng Badru Kiggundu said “all voters who have presented themselves to vote will be able to do so, until the last voter, as long as they are in the line by 4:00pm.”

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