Vote counting begins as some continue to cast

Written by Joseph Tomweizighi

Vote counting has begun in some constituencies in Uganda as some individuals continue to vote for others.

The voting process, according to the Electoral Commission (EC), was supposed to end at 4 pm. However, many voters remained in line by the time of the shutdown.

European Commission spokesman Paul Bukenya assured voters that when the polls close would not affect those already in line to vote.

Bukenya told reporters: “According to our guidelines, by 4 pm, all people in line continue to vote until they are finished.”

On Thursday, Ugandans exercised their right to choose which leaders would represent them in Parliament and the nation as a whole. Eleven candidates, including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, are competing for the highest seat in the country.

NTV Uganda can confirm that all candidates have voted. Robert Kyagolani of the National Unity Platforms (NUP) cast his vote in Magiri, Wakiso where he felt emotion after seeing his face on the ballot. The voice of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Rwakitura, John Katoomba’s voice in Mukono, Nancy Kalembe in Muyenga, FDC from FDC, Patrick Amuriat cast his voice in Kumi, DP’s Norbert Mao in Gulu, and Fred Mwesigye in Entebbe , Joseph Capolita in Hoima, Mugisha Muunt in, Henry Tumukunde in Kololo and Willy Mayambala in Luweero

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Some opposition candidates came out to express their disappointment with how the state was running the elections, including the heavy deployment of security agents and the shutdown of the Internet.

The internet shutdown has alarmed many as votes have begun in some constituencies in the country. They believe this limits transparency in a process that all voters must witness.

“I think cutting off the internet was a very bad sign. An entire government has decided that the nation does not have freedom of expression and expression,” only the presidential candidate, said.

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