Four candidates were nominated last week to contest for the Kasese district woman parliamentary seat following a two-day exercise that concluded on Friday.
The four candidates are: Winfred Kiiza (FDC); Rehema Muhindo (NRM); Rosemary Masika (DP) and Kayezu Betty Kagooro (Independent). Speaking to The Observer shortly after her nomination, Muhindo said she was sure of victory on August 8.
“My votes were rigged last year but I think this is not going to happen again,” Muhindo said.
The DP camp is also ready to safeguard their votes. Iman Makumbi, the DP vice president for Western Uganda, who accompanied Masika to the nominations, said they would deploy a team of youth from other districts to guard their votes.
“We are going to hire a team of youth to guard our votes because we are aware that vote rigging will be part of the exercise and this time we are ready,” Makumbi said.
Muhindo was accompanied to the nomination by the minster for Defence Chrispus Kiyonga, Katerera county MP, Hatwibu Katoto and the Fort Portal Municipality MP, Alex Ruhunda. Meanwhile, Police in Kasese district have arrested two poling officials whom they found deleting names from the voters’ register.
Grace Akullo, the district police officer (electoral crimes), told journalists that the two, Godwin Muhindo and Monday Baluku, were arrested from Bwera sub-county from where they were deleting people’s names from the register.
“We got information that the two spy on people and when they identify that you are from the opposition, they delete your name from the register, claiming that you are dead,” Akullo said.
The campaigns officially began on Sunday 22 July 2012.