Individuals turned out in droves on Thursday to make their mark in an historic election by which Museveni’s reign is claimed to be strongly examined by Bobi Wine.
Ugandans have voted beneath heavy safety and an web blackout in an election pitting veteran chief Yoweri Museveni towards a former popstar Bobi Wine after one of many bloodiest campaigns in years.
Voting in Kampala came about beneath heavy navy and police presence on Thursday, with no experiences of violent incidents making their manner by means of the communications shutdown.
Vote-count is beneath manner after polling stations closed as individuals turned out in droves to make their mark in an historic, hotly contested election by which Museveni’s reign is claimed to be strongly examined.
Lengthy traces of voters snaked out of polling stations within the capital, a stronghold for an opposition galvanised by Bobi Wine regardless of a marketing campaign scarred by lethal crackdowns.
There are 17.7 million registered voters and outcomes are anticipated inside 48 hours. Turnout appeared strong, primarily based on footage from polling stations broadcast by non-public TV channels.
After polls closed at 4pm native time, tons of of Bobi Wine supporters in Kampala returned to their polling stations to heed his name to “shield the vote” by watching the depend.
On the station the place Bobi Wine voted, safety forces chased his supporters away.
He took to Twitter shortly after voting was completed to announce his and his spouse’s cellphone was blocked.
“I do know that is to cease me from speaking to our brokers and coordinators,” he added, asking his supporters to be vigilant.
Like my spouse’s, my cellphone has been blocked and I’m unable to recieve or make common calls. I do know that is to cease me from speaking to our brokers and coordinators. I encourage you comrades to be vigilant as I attempt to devise methods of reaching out to you.#WeAreRemovingADictator
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 14, 2021
Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Kampala and quoting the chairman of the electoral fee, mentioned the election course of had largely been clean.
“He mentioned there have been a number of hiccups right here and there delaying the supply of the voting supplies in some polling stations, identification kits in some stations failed, however all that was sorted,” she added.
“Voting at a number of polling stations didn’t happen and can accomplish that tomorrow.”
‘Staying to observe’
At three polling stations the Reuters information company visited throughout counting, cheers rose up from throngs of younger individuals each time an election agent raised a poll solid for Bobi Wine.
There was silence when the president’s title was learn out.
“I do know Museveni at all times rigs to remain in energy. This time we’re staying to observe every step of the method,” mentioned Sam Ndaula, 26, a roadside vendor.
On Thursday, police arrested about 30 individuals on the Lodge Africana in Kampala on allegations they have been creating an unlawful parallel tallying centre, a police official on the scene, who declined to be named, advised Reuters.
Museveni continues to be held in excessive regard by older Ugandans who bear in mind the relative stability and safety that he returned to the nation.
“These younger individuals, they need change, however they don’t know what Museveni did for us,” mentioned 58-year-old Religion Florence Nakalembe.
However her kids, additionally standing in line in Kamwokya to vote, desperately need change.
“For 23 years, I’ve by no means seen a distinct president. I would like another person,” mentioned her son, 23-year-old pupil Saad Mukoone, who was throwing his vote behind Bobi Wine.
Museveni, who has been in energy since 1986, says his administration ensures stability and progress, together with much-needed hydropower dams and roads.