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PHOTOS: Military Police Deployed as Tension in Kyadondo Rises

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A UPDF armored truck patrolling streets in Kyadondo East constituency

Security has been tightened in Kyadondo East as one of Uganda’s most heated by-elections in recent years comes to an end.

The heavily-armed military police personnel were today Thursday poured in the area in what appears the last ring of security ahead of the ballot counting.

Hundreds turned up to elect their Member of Parliament amid fears in the ruling party and opposition camp that Independent candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine could sweep the polls.

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Military Police officers are already patrolling the area

Military Police officers are already patrolling the area

Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye who is in the area said no report of voter bribery has been registered.

Earlier, police clashed with protesters who were alleging plans to count pre-ticked ballot papers.

Several demonstrators have since been detained.

“I am yet to establish how many people have so far been arrested,” said Kasingye.

Police Spokesperson Asan Kasingye speaking to journalists in Kasangati

Police Spokesperson Asan Kasingye speaking to journalists in Kasangati

He also disputed allegations that police connived with NRM to rig votes by protecting NRM members who were suspected of possessing pre-ticked votes.

“Those arrested shall be charged with relevant charges,” he told journalists at Kasangati police station.

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Kasingye said the situation was under control, urging calm in the volatile constituency.

“We shall make sure that the situation doesn’t escalate and we shall be in the area to ensure peace and stability even after elections,” he added.

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