KAMPALA, 15 January 2021 – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday held an early lead in preliminary results following Thursday’s legislative and presidential elections.
Friday afternoon Museveni had won 63.9 percent of the vote compared to 28.4 percent to his main challenger Robert Kyagulany alias Bobi Wine, with 29.4 percent of the votes in.
The opposition is already crying foul, saying the elections were marred with irregularities.
Uganda’s electoral commission denies the allegations, describing the election as a success.
The commission admits that some problems were encountered in only two of the country’s 34,684 polling stations.
The two polling stations were the problems were reported were closed.
Ugandan is living through a second day of “Internet darkness” which started just before the 18.1 million registered voters were due to begin casting their ballots at 7am Thursday.
Citizens say they have trouble sending even text messages.
The Ugandan government ordered social media shutdown earlier in the week and media outlets reported seeing a letter to telecoms operators ordering them to shutdown social media.
Leaders of the opposition accuse Kampala of using the Internet shutdown to rig the vote while preventing citizens to share information on the vote tally at their polling stations.
Security was very tight in Kampala and other cities of the country, with heavily armed police officers and soldiers patrolling the streets.
Seventy-six-year-old incumbent Yoweri Museveni cast his ballot less than 15 minutes before polling statons officially closed Thursday and raised his thumb showing the indelible ink used to identify anyone who has voted.
Museveni, who has been in power for 30 years, faced 11 challengersm one of them a woman.
The most competitive of the wannabe presidents is a 38-year-old pop star turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine.
Museveni closed the campaign selling himself to voters as the candidate of stability.
Bobe Wine ran as a flag-bearer for youth and the downtrodden.
At night fell Thursday and as polling stations closed, truckloads of police and soldiers were driven into and took up positions at strategic road junctions in the capital, Kampala, and other towns and villages.
Final results are not expected until Saturday.