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Ugandan voters' views: Venansio

Name: Venansio
Age: 37
Lives: Ntungamo
Job: NGO worker

I have just voted and it is peaceful here.

People are cheering and are very happy, mostly.

There is cheering and jeering going on when people that planned to vote get panned out away from the polling station because their name is not on the list. The noise comes from the ones that knew that the person being turned away was going to vote against them.

There is no confrontation, though. And no aggression.

A lot of the older people and those that are illiterate are being assisted voting. They are getting help to recognise either the photograph or the symbol for the party that they want to choose.

It is very hard for some of them. Some have brought their grandchildren to accompany them and help them vote.

Others say they see this as a sign of corruption but I am not sure what to think because I only arrived this morning. I drove here early this morning from Kampala where I work and so as I haven't been here for the past few days I don't know if what they are saying is true.

This is just what I have heard and it is members of the opposition saying these things and complaining.

A pick-up truck carrying policemen recently arrived at the polling station. They are not really interfering - they are monitoring so that law and order is kept and they're talking to the election officials.

I haven't seen any of them carrying guns but nobody would be surprised if a policeman was carrying a gun because here in Uganda it is a normal thing.


During my drive from Kampala I saw some of the military walking around one of the towns that I passed through but apart from that I have not seen any more of them.

Being the last day of the elections of course there is some tension - you can see a sense of tension among certain individuals.

This is added to when people discover that their friends or people they know have changed their minds overnight.

They say that yesterday they were all on the same side, wanting the same party, but today some are not with them anymore. They are walking with the other party today.

They are disappointed. You can see it on their faces. Again though, it is only supporters of the opposition that are showing this sadness.


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