Anxiety, tension and anticipation are gripping Ugandans ahead of today’s polls.
Prior to today, some residents decided to travel to Kampala, the country’s capital to vote, while others decided to stay back in anticipation of the outcome.
Some Ugandans fear the election will not be peaceful following the clash on Monday that occurred as a result of presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye’s rallies. Others who registered at their hometowns also headed home. Some claimed they did it purposely because they believe violence will be more rampant in town than in the villages. this has in turn led to a hike in transport fares.
“Anything can happen on the voting day. I will stock enough food to take me and my family for a week. I will also stock first aid kits, make minimal movements and only drive to town to vote at social security house,” says a local resident.
Also, there are rumors that the election will not be free and fair.
The Daily Monitor reported that “the National Voters Register to be used for tomorrow’s presidential and parliamentary elections likely contains 139,541 dead persons, more than half a million “unknown people” and 1.9 million voters who have since changed location…”
Regardless of the sentiments held by Ugandans, the Ugandan electoral commission has urged Ugandans to participate in the elections as all votes count.
“The stage is set. We have dispatched electoral materials to all polling stations throughout the country and are ready to kick off the exercise,” national electoral commission spokesperson Jotham Taremwa told AFP.
“We expect a peaceful exercise. Security is on the ground and we have put out messages calling on voters to come in big numbers on Thursday and cast their votes.”