- Twelve candidates are contesting in the Arua municipality by-elections
- Ahead of the elections on Monday, there were gunshots in the town following some scuffle
- Preceding the voting date, the Arua District NGO Network and the Radio stations conducted the first ever Public debate at Heritage Courts
Arua- Voters of Arua Municipality are today casting their votes to elect a new member of Parliament.
At various polling stations, there are growing queue of people casting their votes. The twelve voters spend over three weeks traversing the entire municipality canvassing for votes. The campaigns that ended on Monday was not on a good note. The driver belonging to MP for Kyadondo East, Robert Kyagulanyi was shot dead in the evening following some scuffle.
The acts of violence and the gunshots that followed has scared some of the voters who may opt to stay indoors today. The candidates have said they are ready to vote but denounced any acts of rigging of the elections and they would contest the results if it was not free and fair.
Voters line up to cast their ballots today.
The candidates include, Alfred Nyakuni (Independent), Kennedy Madira (DP), Kassiano Wadri (Independent), Musema Bruce (FDC), Nusura Tiperu (NRM), Ejiku Robert (Independent), Francis Nyero (Independent), Simon Avutia (Independent), Jaffar Alekua (Jeema), Bavuga Safi (Independent), Anguandia Sunday (Independent) and Jackson Atima (Independent).
The campaigns this time were unique as some of the candidates had songs composed in their names to mobilise supporters and also they had huge followers during the rallies. Tension heightened at the end of the campaigns with pockets of clashes.
The Municipality has 50 polling stations in the two divisions of River Oli and Arua Hill.