Former radio presenter and interim Mbarara City Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi is so far taking an early lead from sampled polling stations in the newly created city.
At Madarasat Primary School polling station, Kakyebezi garthered 892 votes, followed by his rival Herbert Kamugisha with 140 votes.
Mbarara High Street polling station Kakyebezi recorded a whooping 10,380 votes followed by Kamugisha with only 65 votes.
At Kiswahili Saints polling station the incumbent Mayor got 1698 votes and Kamugisha managed to get 356 votes.
Voting at some polling stations started late in Mbarara City and this was attributed to the delay of voting materials such the register and the hand washing equipment which must be at every polling station.
Elsewhere, the Chairman NRM electoral commission Dr. Tanga Odoi has given a vote of thanks to the people of Mbarara City for the discipline they have managed to show in today’s NRM mayoral and local council elections.
Speaking to media at Madarasat Primary School polling station in Kisenyi Kakoba Division, Dr. Odoi noted that so far he had not witnessed any single problem regards the voting exercise apart from an incident that happened at the Mbarara High School polling station where the NRM youths engaged in a feast fight over unclear issues.
Asked about their preparation as the party heads towards today’s voting exercise, Tanga Odoi proudly said that in the first place during the NRM primaries for MP they had no credible voter register but the party chairman made it clear that even those NRM party supporters whose names do not appear in voter registers are legible to vote, as long as they have National Identity cards.