People turned out in droves on Thursday to make their mark in an historic election by which Museveni’s reign is alleged to be strongly examined by Bobi Wine.Ugandans have voted below 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 befell below heavy army and police presence on Thursday, with no experiences of violent incidents making their method via the communications shutdown.
Vote-count is below method after polling stations closed as folks turned out in droves to make their mark in an historic, hotly contested election by which Museveni’s reign is alleged to be strongly examined.
Long 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 seemed sturdy, primarily based on footage from polling stations broadcast by non-public TV channels.
After polls closed at 4pm native time, a whole lot of Bobi Wine supporters in Kampala returned to their polling stations to heed his name to “protect the vote” by watching the depend.
At 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 telephone was blocked.
“I know this is to stop me from communicating to our agents and coordinators,” he added, asking his supporters to be vigilant.
Like my spouse’s, my telephone 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, stated the election course of had largely been clean.
“He said there were a few hiccups here and there delaying the delivery of the voting materials in some polling stations, identification kits in some stations failed, but all that was sorted,” she added.
“Voting at a few polling stations did not take place and will do so tomorrow.”
‘Staying to watch’
At three polling stations the Reuters information company visited throughout counting, cheers rose up from throngs of younger folks each time an election agent raised a poll forged for Bobi Wine.
There was silence when the president’s title was learn out.
“I know Museveni always rigs to stay in power. This time we are staying to watch each step of the process,” stated Sam Ndaula, 26, a roadside vendor.
On Thursday, police arrested about 30 folks on the Hotel 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, informed 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 young people, they want change, but they don’t know what Museveni did for us,” stated 58-year-old Faith Florence Nakalembe.
But her youngsters, additionally standing in line in Kamwokya to vote, desperately need change.
“For 23 years, I have never seen a different president. I want someone else,” stated 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.