There is heavy police and the army in deployment Ruhaama county as the constituency votes in a by-election to replace fallen legislator William Zinkuranteire.
Robert Walugembe the Rwizi regional police commander is of Police is overseeing the deployment himself.
Police officers and detectives have been drawn from the neighboring districts of Mbarara,Ibanda and Isingiro to secure the election slated for today.
Presence of the police personnel is visible on all the major roads,Sub county head quarters and trading centres in Ruhaama Butaleja district.
Soldiers from the Uganda people’s defence forces have also been deployed in the county.
Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira told our reporter that they have deployed foot and motorized patrols to ensure that the elections are held under a conducive environment.
The Police has and the army have in addition to the mobile patrols on motorcycles and vehicles a standby team at each of the 11 sub counties that form the constituencies to respond to emergencies.
He says that the sister security organisations have been invited to ensure that the elections are peaceful.
Kasasira further called on voters in the constituency to desist from unlawful acts during the course of voting and after since they have to co-exist even after the elections.
Water cannons and police fire trucks were last evening seen in Ntungamo town and other along the Ntungamo Mirama hills road.
Ruhaama county parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of area MP William Beijukye Zinkuratire (NRM) on 4th November 2017.
The race to replace him has attracted four candidates among them Moses Mugabe Kahima of NRM and Independent candidates Eng. Jackson Mubangizi, Dr. Penninah Bainomugisha and Vastine Orishaba.
By the time of filling this story, the electoral commission had started the distribution of voting materials from the electoral commission offices to respective polling stations