By Jumu’ah Abiodun
Voters queued to cast their ballots in Uganda’s presidential election on Thursday, following a run-up tainted by widespread violence that some fear could escalate as security forces try to stop supporters of leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine from monitoring polling stations.
In the election, Wine, a popular young singer-turned-opposition lawmaker, and nine other challengers are challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, a 76-year old who has wielded power since 1986.
Internet remains cut off across the east African country. Opposition presidential candidates have also reported that they cannot make or receive calls.
Meanwhile, the head of the elections authority, Simon Byabakama, said the internet blackout in the country would not affect the transmission of results as the commission is ‘not relying on local internet’, NTV reported.
Vote counting underway
Local journalists followed by worldtopnewsng.com report that President Museveni won at his polling station with a landslide.
Another report reaching worldtopnewsng.com also indicated that Security forces reportedly stormed a centre used to tally results in Kampala, confiscating computers and arresting 20 individuals.
The electoral commission has warned parties and candidates from counting results themselves, saying only it has the mandate to tally and declare vote results.