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Lukwago: EC to blame for low voter turnout in Kampala Lord Mayor polls

2021 ELECTIONS: Kampala Lord Mayor Haji Erias Lukwago has said he is tempted to believe that the low voter turnout is a making of the Electoral Commission to frustrate voters.

Erias Lukwago who is seeking re-election for the position spoke to our reporter after casting his vote at Bulwa polling Station in Wakaliga Village, Rubaga Division.

Lukwago told this website that he is baffled by the disorganization that has seen voting in many places begin a little later than the stipulated time.

“We still have a long way as far as restoration of democracy, rule of law and power of the ballot paper is concerned. I pray that the Electoral Commission respects people’s decisions after today’s exercise because basing on the past many have lost trust in elections.”

“It is obvious that the Electoral Commission has demonstrated incompetence because in many polling stations materials have arrived late. Imagine at my own polling station, voting has begun at 10:30 am,” Lukwago said.

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He added: “In many other polling stations voting is yet to begin. I am tempted to believe it is deliberate by the Electoral Commission to make people get demoralized and don’t take part in these elections in big numbers.”

Lukwago noted that it is now incumbent on the Electoral Commission to ensure that the will of the people is not subverted.

“We shall continue fighting to ensure the will of the people is not subverted. I hope Justice Byabakama respects the will of the people and I have no doubt I Erias Lukwago will be declared the winner of the Kampala Lord Mayor race.”

Up to 11 candidates are contesting for the position of Lord Mayor but the race is between three candidates, namely;- Erias Lukwago (the Incumbent from Forum Democratic Change (FDC), Nabilah Nagayi Sempala of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Musician Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleone who is standing as Independent.

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