– The incumbent president of Uganda has taken an early lead in the announced official results of the country’s presidential poll
– In results from 8,310 polling stations already announced, President Yoweri Museveni leads with 1,536,205
– However, Museveni’s main opponent Bobi Wine has alleged that the country’s election was marred by violence and fraud
The election results released so far by the Ugandan Electoral Commission, national tally centre indicate that the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni is maintaining an early lead over his main challenger Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.
According to BBC, 23.9% of all polling stations, show President Museveni is leading with over 65% in the presidential poll that was conducted in the country on Thursday, January 14.
A quick summation of the votes awarded to Museveni from 8,310 polling stations stood at 1,536,205 votes (65.02%), while Wine clinched 647,146 votes (27.39%).
Bobi Wine alleges electoral fraud
In another report, Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine has alleged that the presidential election was marred by widespread fraud and violence.
Channels TV citing AFP as its source noted that the former popstar turned lawmaker didn’t give details of his accusation as he made the claim in a tweet shared on his Twitter page on Thursday.
Wine who remained positive as votes were counted under an internet blackout was able to bypass the blockage and tweet around 10:14 pm.
The 38-year-old’s claim contradicted the government’s statement that the election had been peaceful with no major cases of violence reported.
The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued in the country. Results are expected by Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was endorsed by the executive committee of the country’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement.
According to the ruling party, it endorsed Museveni as its presidential candidate because the 76-year-old is popular.
Museveni, who has been president since 1986, took over the mantle of leadership after a five-year guerrilla war, making him one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders.
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