Reports of violence orchestrated and performed by police and the military continue to come through and rapidly define the Soroti City East by-election Voting Day.
Police in Soroti have broken into my house in Akisim. They have beaten, pepper sprayed and arrested all my people. They started this at 11.30 pm until 00.51am. Below is a footage of the same. The criminals in police uniform have taken my people @PatrickAmuriat pic.twitter.com/MLSWN5eWM5
— Adeke Anna Ebaju (@AdekeAnna) July 28, 2022
Members of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who had camped in Soroti City to campaign for their candidate Moses Okia Attan have since last night reported cases of police and the military breaking into their houses and hotels to arrest polling agents.
SOROTI EAST UPDATES:
The usual attempts to foil the will of the People are being repulsed in equal measure by the vigilant People of Soroti East.
This isn't an election, it's a demonstration by the People against impunity. pic.twitter.com/YgiKTgEMXK
— FDC (@FDCOfficial1) July 28, 2022
Speaking to NTV, Moses Okia Attan said police were working with the Electoral Commission to witch-hunt them. Police and the military intensified their operations against members of FDC throughout the day. FDC condemned these acts.
— TELL ME TV (@TELLMETV1) July 28, 2022
At about midday, FDC released a list with names of those who had been arrested by police including Patrick Amuriat, the party president. Kampala deputy mayor Doreen Nyanjura was also arrested.
Voting closed at 4:00pm at all the 63 Polling Stations in Soroti City East Constituency, Soroti City.
Vote counting is underway.
At Apuyo Primary School Polling Station, voting progressed peacefully, and counting is ongoing.@PaulBukenya #SorotiByElection pic.twitter.com/auj4O6iCpw
— Electoral Commission- Uganda (@UgandaEC) July 28, 2022
Meanwhile, counting of the votes has commenced after voting closed at 4pm.