Jan, 15th 2021 – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has taken a significant early lead in the presidential race. This is according to preliminary results released by the electoral commission.
Mr. Museveni has 1,536,205 votes (65.02%), while his main rival Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has 647,146 votes (from 8,310 polling stations.
The country that has a total of 34,684 polling stations. The results are expected to be delivered within 48 hours since the close of the ballot as tasked by the constitution.
Bobi wine claims election was fraudulent
Bobi Wine has however alleged widespread fraud and violence during Thursday’s poll but gave no details of his accusations.
Wine in a tweet said, “Despite the widespread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you, Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers.”
Hello Uganda! Despite the wide spread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers. The challenge now is for Mr. Byabakama and the EC to declare the will of the Pple.— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 14, 2021
He has however remained positive as votes are being counted under internet blackout. Meanwhile Uganda’s government has described the election as peaceful.
The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued in the country.
Uganda had banned its internet connection two days prior to the election. Museveni apologized for the inconvenience caused by the ban. He said that the country had no choice after Facebook removed accounts linked to the election.
He said, “If you want to take sides against the ruling party, then that group will not operate in Uganda. We cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us who is good and who is bad.”
Results are expected by Saturday afternoon.