By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Electoral Commission (EC) says the overwhelming turn-up in Tuesday's villages polls proved critics wrong.
The Commission's Spokesperson Jotham Taremwa says although there has been resentment of the lining up method by the Civil Society and some other groups of people, the high voter turnout proved how much residents badly wanted to participate in the long awaited polls.
"This is because everyone was looking up to participate in these long awaited elections. To us, the exercise was successful and the large turn-up proved critics wrong," Taremwa said on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, voting was not without incidents as voting had to be called off in some areas in Kampala, Jinja, Gomba and other parts of the country due to violence. The Electoral body revealed that polls were called off in 633 villages out of the 60,800, as voters turned rowdy prompting suspension of the exercise.
In other areas, voting materials were destroyed as disagreements reigned over voter registers, delayed voting and purported non-residents being allowed to vote among other issues.
"In areas where materials were not destroyed, voting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), in places where materials were vandalized, Electoral Commission will pick another day," Taremwa said.
In Gomba, Police had to fire bullets in air to calm rowdy voters who were protesting alleged inclusion of non-residents on the register.
The LC polls were held amid tight security as police had earlier anticipated violence. Police was deployed at every polling station to ensure normalcy.
The exercise was historical in nature as it finally brought to an end a 17 year wait endured by Ugandans to vote their village leaders. The polls were last held in 2001.