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Failed biometric machines, stranded voters mar Uganda elections

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  • The electoral commission had directed presiding officers to “put the machines aside”, suggesting that they resort to manual registers.
  • By 7:30 am, no polling agent had arrived at Kyengombe park yard polling station in Rubaga South, with voters waiting in queues.

Ugandans on Thursday tuned out in big numbers to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 local time and were scheduled to close at 16:00, although the election commission said all registered voters who will be in the queue by closing time will be allowed to cast their ballots.

The Uganda Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya had committed to resolving the hitch in due course.

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Bukenya also said that the commission had directed presiding officers to “put the machines aside”, suggesting that they resort to manual registers.

The voting process was, however, faced with hitches as some biometric voter identification machines failed. In other polling stations, voting materials arrived late.

By 7:30 am, no polling agent had arrived at Kyengombe park yard polling station in Rubaga South, with voters waiting in queues.

The Daily Monitor reports that at Lugala Namungona Kigobe polling station, voters had turned out in their hundreds but polling materials had not arrived.

Other voters were stranded, not to know where to vote, as they had not picked their voter location slips.

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