By Solomon Hamala
NRM primaries to elect flag bearers for mayoral positions and councilors in Iganga were characterized by multiple voting.
Several supporters of different candidates could be seen running to other polling stations to vote again immediately after being counted by presiding officials.
Umaru Teefe, a former district councilor for Iganga district local government said the NRM party should have set a uniform time for conducting the elections to stop voters from running from one polling station to another.
Teefe said most of the contestants who fail in the primaries are likely to contest again on independent ticket after realizing that the process was characterized by irregularities such as voters engaging in multiple voting.
Police led by the District Police Commander deployed heavily at most polling stations to quell any violence that could occur after and during the polling process.
At Kasokoso B polling station, police local defense unit personnel fired live bullets after a group of supporters of a candidate for the mayoral race pounced on the district NRM registrar, Yazid Kirunda.
The irate supporters threatened to rough up the Registrar accusing him of attempting to rig the vote by altering the figures in favor of the incumbent mayor, David Balaba.
7 people contested for the Iganga municipality mayoral race NRM flag bearer with the incumbent David Balaba, Hajji Siraji Katono, Hajji Asuman Dhabasada, Afan Lubanga, and John Busagwa a prominent businessman in Iganga.