Armed men attack presiding officer, tick over 200 ballots in Oyam

Several cases of violence have been reported in the ongoing Oyam North by-election. Unidentified armed men are said to have stormed Wang Lobo polling station in Otwal sub-county in Oyam district and put Mr. Walter Wacho, a presiding officer at gunpoint before forcefully ticking some ballot papers. These are said to have ticked 5 booklets containing 250 ballots.

North Kyoga Region Police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema says he is yet to receive a report on the alleged violence.

In another incident, at least 2 people have been arrested over alleged voter bribery. The duo is accused of dishing out money to voters on polling day.

Earlier, voting was disrupted by an early morning downpour. At Obangangeo polling station, Acaba sub-county, only 13 had cast their ballots out of over 600 registered voters by 9 am.

Over 93,000 voters are today choosing their next Member of Parliament who will succeed former state minister for labour Charles Engola, who was gunned down by his bodyguard on May 2.

The candidates in the race are; Daniel Okello of the National Unity Platform, Samuel Engola of the National Resistance Movement Dr. Eunice Apio Otuko of Uganda People’s Congress, and Newton Freddy Okello of Forum for Democratic Change.