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EC Delivers Polling Materials Ahead of Hoima Woman MP Election

The Electoral Commission (EC) has delivered materials to be used during the Hoima Woman parliamentary by-election scheduled for Thursday.

The materials, which included ballot boxes and others, were offloaded from two trucks on Wednesday morning at the EC Hoima office in Kijungu.

The EC spokesperson, Mr Jotham Taremwa, said they will dispatch the materials to the different polling stations at 4am on Thursday.

“As you notice all our materials are ready. The polling kit ready for dispatch to 266 polling stations in Hoima District,” Mr Taremwa told journalists at the EC Hoima office on Wednesday.

Meanwhile polling agents, presiding officers and coordinators are being briefed of their mandate by the EC head of field operations department, Mr Richard Baabo Kamugisha.

The district returning officer, Mr Douglas Matsiko, said police and agents of the two candidates have inspected the polling materials that were delivered by an Electoral commission truck.

“These materials were packed from the EC headquarters. They have serial numbers on each ballot box. We are verifying each box to ensure that it is well sealed and the right materials are inside,” Mr Matsiko said.

“We want to have good coordination and supervision in the entire exercise until we return the results,” he said.

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There are 226 polling stations in Hoima. The battle is between Harriet Businge, the NRM flag bearer, and Asinansi Nyakato, a joint opposition candidate.

Meanwhile, police have said they are ready for the election.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police PRO, said: “No major incidents have been reported ever since the campaigns started. Yesterday, we hosted President Museveni together with other political figures. We’re now preparing for tomorrow’s election. Generally, we don’t underrate situations and are aware that people are ferrying others to disrupt elections like elsewhere in the country. We’ve deployed extensively and have enough manpower to man all the polling stations. We shall not entertain any act of hooliganism. Open bars will not be allowed near polling stations. We call upon the general public to vote because they’re being protected. We don’t have any arrests so far.”

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