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Bullets, scuffles rock LC1 elections, several arrested in the city centre

Live bullets and teargas rocked at different polling stations during LC1 chairpersons’ Elections in Kampala. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- Live bullets and teargas Tuesday afternoon rocked different areas as police dispersed people protesting what they called fake voters registers, punctuated with ghost voters during the local council elections in several parts of the country including the city centre.

Police called in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) personnel to quell riots in Kinawataka, in Nakawa division as voters said the place for voting was too small to take them all.

Voting at Wandegeya mosque was canceled after misunderstandings between the current chairman, Mutesasira and his counterpart Kirabo.

It is alleged that Kirabo got scared of many people that lined up behind Mutesasira, which prompted him to call for a cancellation.

Mr Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson confirmed police firing bullets but denied allegations of rigging in the same. Several people werr arrested for destabilizing peace according to Kayima.

“Our security forces are not CLO’s [Community Liaison Officers], the moment you disorganize peace, we take you away, and that what we have done,” Mr Kayima confirmed.

Elsewhere reports reaching PML Daily indicated that two people were injured after voters became violent at  Bundikhapada village in Bundibugyo district. Police deployed to disperse the rowdy crowds.

Election officials reportedly fled a polling station in Adjumani central village after voters turned unruly.

In Kampala, there was a scuffle at Pioneer mall polling station in the city centre following allegations of “ghost” voters.

In Gomba District, Mr Badru Kabega, the Electoral Commission registrar in Kabulasoke Sub-county has disqualified Mr Livingstone Mbuubi, who was contesting as an independent candidate for Magongo Local Council chairmanship.

He consequently announced Mr Erisa Lule, who stood on the National Resistance Movement ticket as the unopposed village chairman.

Police was also called to disperse the angry residents.

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